Craziest Elections Part IV: 1948

In the presidential election of 1948, the incumbent president Harry S. Truman was facing off against his Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. Truman had succeeded to the presidency in 1945 following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. The election, considered to be the greatest upset in American election history, had virtually every single indicator predicting Dewey as the victor. There may have only been one person in the United States who firmly believed Harry Truman would win the election: Harry Truman himself.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Listening to the media follow the 2016 presidential election, you might actually be led to believe that the polls and the media had never before gotten an election wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the presidential election of 1948, the incumbent president Harry S Truman who was the Democratic nominee and who had succeeded to the presidency after the death of president Franklin Roosevelt in 1945 was running against Thomas Dewey, the Republican nominee who had also been the Republican presidential nominee in 1944. The election is considered to be the greatest election upset in American history. Virtually every single prediction indicated that Truman would be defeated by Dewey.

In fact, there may have only been one person in the United States of America who actually firmly believed that Harry Truman would win the election.

VOICE: The next four years will be a Democrat in the White House, and you're looking at him.

GLENN: That person was Harry Truman. Somehow through it all, Truman held onto the belief that he was going to pull off this amazing upset.

VOICE: The New York Times was predicting Dewey would run away with the election. The poll was so certain of the outcome, it stopped polling before the end of October.

GLENN: Then came election night. His early returns started to come in. The staff of the Chicago tribute and one of America's largest newspapers at the time were still confident enough in a Dewey victory to go to print with their first edition headline reading Dewey defeats Truman. The story accompanying the headline was even more wrong. In addition to declaring Dewey the president, it also declared a Republican sweep of the election, claiming Republican control of the House of Representatives and the senate, indicating that the GOP would have an easy time pushing through an agenda with control of congress and the White House. But that didn't happen. Instead, Truman did win the presidency with a electoral vote of 303, over Dewey but Democrats regained the control of the house and the senate that they had lost in 1946. The new media of the day were amazed at what they had witnessed.

VOICE: I think we can all agree on one thing. That not politically but looking at it from a news standpoint, this is a marvelous news story. One of the great news stories of all time.

VOICE: Right.

VOICE: What a lucky thing three fellas like this on this new and tremendously growing thing like television had a chance to play a part of.

GLENN: Dewey was gracious in his concession speech.

VOICE: I've sent the following wire to President Truman. My heartiest congratulations to you. I urge all Americans to unite behind you in support of every effort to keep our nation strong and free and to establish peace in the world.

GLENN: So the Democrats had set the all-time record for the party winning their fifth consecutive presidential election in 1952. Dwight Eisenhower final reverse this trend. Ike was now limited to two terms, which was quickly passed and added to the constitution after FDR's four terms. As a result in 1960, Eisenhower's vice president Richard Nixon ran against a young, upstart senator John F Kennedy. It was Kennedy's catchy presidential ad jingle that seemed to be.

VOICE: Do you want a man who is seasoned, a man who is old enough to know. And young enough to do. Well, it's up to you, up to you, it's strictly up to you. It's Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy.

GLENN: Nixon's campaign was a little more low-key.

VOICE: What is the most important issue confronting the American people in this election campaign? There's no question about the answer that I have found in traveling all over this nation. Above everything else, the American people want leaders who will keep the peace without surrender for America and the world. Henry and I have had the opportunity for serving with president Eisenhower in this cause for the last seven and a half years. We both know Mr. Crusha. We have sat opposite of the conference table with him. We will keep America the strongest nation in the world, and we will couple that strength with firm diplomacy. No apologies. No regrets.

GLENN: Plus Nixon made multiple mistakes during the campaign that cost him dearly. Including an incredibly poor performance in the nation's first televised presidential debate, and he wound up losing to JFK by 112,000 votes nationwide. A .17% different. But there is no doubt that one of, if not the craziest elections in American history took place in 2000. It happened between Texas governor George W. Bush and vice president Al Gore.

The nation had been through scandal after scandal after scandal during the 1990s. The presidency of Bill Clinton and as a result, Clinton and Gore never complained together. Everyone knew that it would be a close election but few would have predicted that it would turn out as razor thin as it did. The day before the election, Matt allower asked what he thought Americans should be watching for on Election Day.

VOICE: What's the key element we should be watching throughout the day tomorrow?

VOICE: Florida, Florida, Florida. I honestly believe, Matt, as goes Florida, as goes the nation.

GLENN: His words turned out to be prophetic. It did indeed come down to Florida. Election night turned out to be an absolute nightmare. For who? Well, for the media. And because it was a nightmare for them, it was a nightmare for us.

VOICE: We're going to report a win of 25 electoral votes in the state of Florida. Turns out President Bush was not his family's keeper. The family was joking that seriously it could be a cold Thanksgiving. Tim has great news in Nashville tonight.

GLENN: NBC wasn't alone.

VOICE: CNN announces that we call Florida in the Al Gore column. This is the state both campaigns desperately wanted to win. The state of Florida fought over very hard. The state with a Republican governor named Bush. The brother of the Republican nominee, Jeff Greenfield, this is something that is not making the Bush campaign happy.

VOICE: This is a roadblock the size of a boulder to George W. Bush's path to the White House.

GLENN: A short time later, CNN had to change their call.

VOICE: Stand by. CNN right now is moving our earlier declaration of Florida back to the too close to call column. 25 very big electoral votes in the home state of the brother Jeb Bush are hanging in the balance. This no sleeping victory for vice president Gore. We're moving it back.

VOICE: Oh, waiter, one order, please.

GLENN: Early the next morning, the networks began to declare that but she was now the winner of Florida and a few hours later, they were forced to withdrawal that prediction as well. By 4:30 a.m., the day after the election, the media had decided that Florida was too close to call for either candidate. So they just gave up trying. America would have to wait for days even weeks before the presidential race would be finally decided. While Al Gore actually won the national popular vote by just over 500,000 votes, in Florida, out of the six million votes cast, George W. Bush won the state by the now famous number of 537 votes. That's what triggered a recount and a massive battle in the court system which ended up eventually in the United States Supreme Court. And we all learned new terms like hanging Chad, dimpled Chad, and pregnant Chad.

VOICE: First you have to know that the punch hole is called a Chad. It is attached to the ballot by four threads. In the morning, the commissioners had decided that if it had been detached by only one thread, it would not be counted as a vote. Two detachments, maybe. Three, definitely counted as a vote. At some point in the process, that was changed and the commissioners decided that any Chad that was detached to any degree would be counted as a vote.

GLENN: Dozens of lawyers from both campaigns descended on Florida to weigh in on the process.

VOICE: There are two other strange-sounding categories that were not counted as votes. The first one is called the dimpled Chad. That is that there's an indentation in the Chad, the voter put some pressure on it but didn't detach it at all from the ballot. Not counted. The final category is the pregnant Chad. That is the Chad was Pierce with a hole but not detached actually. Those were not counted. Now, the Republicans said, see? We told you. This is a deeply flawed process. It must stop. But as we know the county commissions here have decided not to stop. They will go for a full recount beginning tomorrow.

GLENN: Litigation in select counties started additional recounts and this litigation ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court. The court's contentious 5-4 decision in Bush V Gore finally ended all of the recounts stating that the already certified recount would stand. Since the safe harbor for counting the electoral votes was at hand. Since Bush had won the previous certified recount, he also won Florida's 25 electoral votes and with it the presidency of the United States. By the slimmest of margins, 271 electoral votes to 266. One of the closest races in all of American history. The outcome gave rise to the phrase that Bush had been selected and not elected. The Democrats were quick to point out that he wasn't a legitimate candidate. Something now many Democrats fail to remember. And even though the Supreme Court had not selected a winner but simply put a stop to the process of recounting the votes over and over again, it didn't stop the claims. Through it all, Americans can take an enormous amount of pride. Pride in the fact that no matter how close, no matter how fought or contentious U.S. elections have been over all of the years, they have always been decided through the constitutionally-mandated process peacefully. What makes America great? Well, this is one of them. We have peaceful transfers of power without violence and tanks rolling through our streets.

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I want to talk to you about something that probably didn't make a lot of sense a long time ago. In fact, I can't tell you how many program directors and how many stations threatened to cancel. Or how many calls I got from the average listener saying; What the hell are you even talking about when I talked about, the leadership of Martin Luther King.

I have done everything I can — as much as I possibly can — to teach you about Martin Luther King and nonviolent protests. And I don't think there's anybody in the media who has talked about nonviolence longer and more in-depth on commercial airwaves than me. Preachers, certainly. But commercial airwaves — I don't think anybody has.

Now I think many are beginning to understand why I tried to lay that foundation. I have told you since September 11th that I have this feeling you are going to be the group of people that will, in the end, save the republic.

I've always believed that. I don't know how it's saved. It might just be preserved in our hearts, I don't know. But I believe it now.

I never wanted us to get to this point — everything I've done is to prevent us from getting here. But everybody is so politically tied to their side that no one will let their shields down and actually listen to one another.

And we're at that desperate point now.

You are equipped to save the republic because you at least hopefully have a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And you have at least a basic understanding of American history. More importantly, what makes this audience so phenomenal is that it is the most generous and service-minded audience of any show in America and perhaps the world.

That's part of what continues to be so frustrating about the Capitol invasion last week. Because you're being maligned.


I know who you are. This is the most peaceful, generous, loving, God-fearing, authentic and patriotic audience in America. And you are frustrated and you are tired of being hit in the face and being called bigot and everything else no matter what you do.

I've been called an anti-Semite just in the last 24 hours by everybody, unjustly.

I get it.

You are now being tainted by the actions of complete imbeciles who do not represent you and me. It's not fair. But that's the hand that we're being dealt and God is in charge and He is not surprised.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights. These are the hallmarks of regime, after regime, after Marxist regime on the ash heaps of history. Now China is still there because they've taken the so-called free market and took the capitalist system and they combined it with their Marxist utopia.

I don't know what's going to happen to the people over there. Especially seeing that our high-tech has joined them to weed out the dissidents. But it's not inevitable that we join them.

And it is going to require us to take a stand. Just not in the way that most people — especially if they're angry — think is most effective. Look at the ratings of BLM. 78 percent of Americans, at the beginning of the summer, thought that they were swell.

That number is in the low 20s now. Why? Because violence doesn't work.

I don't know if you saw the fellowship of the ring, but if you did, do you remember when Frodo said: "I don't want to do this!"

He's lamenting having to face down the evil and he's just one guy. I'll never forget it because it was right after 9/11, that the movie came out. I'll never forget Gandalf's reply. He said: "So do we all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what we're going to do with the time that is given us."

We can't decide what others are going to do. We can't control the dangerous Orwellian darkness that seems to be descending on America. All we can control is our response and strive to lead by example. If you know anyone in your sphere of influence who might be planning to attend one of these armed rallies in the coming days, beg them not to go. Do everything you can to stop them.

That's not a way to take a stand and it will not protect anything you hold dear and it will endanger the republic. It is what the other side wants.

So how do we take a stand?

The first thing I need you to do today is to help lower the temperature. It has been so hard for me not to respond to people on Twitter who have called me every name under the sun because I quoted the leading Holocaust historian last night on Tucker Carlson.

But see, that wasn't an attack on me, that was an attack on Tucker. If you can scare the guests from coming on to Tucker, you destroy Tucker. That's what they're doing.

Do not vent your anger on social media. At this point, it is probably just going to get your account shut down.

I want you to write this down and I want you to keep this in front of you.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called the children of God.

That means something today, much more than it did six months ago.

Blessed be the peacemakers.

Be a peacemaker.

And this is the hard part, you can't disconnect. Because things are moving too rapidly. You must stay plugged in.

But I want you to reach out to someone in kindness on social media. Encourage someone. Do not engage with the darkness. Be the light in the corner of your world.

You need to be a leader for what is to come.

And I know I'm asking you almost the impossible. I know you're angry and frustrated and it is gut-wrenching to feel that you're powerless to stop your nation from what you believe is sliding into the abyss.

You are not powerless. You are not voiceless.

I believe it too, with everything in me. I wish I was wrong. I hope that I am. I pray that I am. But know this: You are not powerless. You are not voiceless. You may be the only voice that anyone hears. Voices like mine will go away. I am trying to think of what I need to share with you before, God forbid, that ever happens. Because I cannot live with myself if I talked about something stupid politically and I find my voice silenced and then saying, I wish I would have said this or I wish I would have told them that.

You wield more power than you know. Not because of your voice or being able to call your congressman. You're more powerful than you know because you understand the real problem in America. The real problem in America is not political.

It is spiritual.

If you're like me when you get angry, you think that you are going to take on this challenge on your own — you are not being humble. You think you'll fix it. Everything that is happening to us is because we are an arrogant, out of control people.

We must humble ourselves. Please, you have the skill and the strength to endure the fiery darts that are going to come your way or already are. But this is a problem with our hearts.

You cannot reach someone's head without capturing their heart and no one is going to capture anyone's heart through violence.

Start in your own home and then reach out and if you're able, serve your neighbor. If you can, serve your local community. You must be a beacon of light in a very dark place. I'm going to ask you to do something you're really not going to like. And that's how I know things are from God. When I hear something or I think something and I'm like — oh crap, I don't want to do that — and you just know it it's right. You just know it's what God wants. And you're hoping that maybe you didn't hear it.

And it's so horrible. Because it's the last thing you want to do. But God is unlike many of our churches and preachers, He doesn't tell us what we want to hear. He doesn't have to pay for the church or get collection. Or be judged by how many people go.

Rise above the fray, with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

He'll say the same thing and he'll lose whole flocks. And they'll eventually start to go — oh wait, where is the Shepherd again?

But I have to tell you now some things that I want you to do. And they're not new. But I need you to hear me. I am asking you if you want to stand for the republic, I need you first to pray.

Pray like you've never prayed before. Pray for humility. Pray for guidance. Pray for peace. Pray for those people who you think you hate. Because you don't. Because hatred does not come from any good place.

Then I want you go out and serve someone in any way possible. On inauguration day especially, get your family and your children involved. Volunteer somewhere, take someone a meal. Do something to lift the spirits of hospital workers or your local police department.

Help a stranger mow a lawn, fix someone's car, pick up trash on the side of the highway. Do what you can do. But the most important thing is to do it with a sincere heart. And if someone asks you, why are you doing this? Just say, because I love my country.

Rise above the fray with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

Watch how the conversation went on radio HERE:

A pre-Inauguration Day plea: You wield MUCH more power than you know