Calvin Coolidge Says, November 15, 1930

Date: November 15, 1930

Location: Northampton, MA

(Original document available here)

The popular diversion exhibited in the sport world of killing the umpire and taking out the pitcher, when transferred to the political world becomes a demand for the resignation of the party chairman.

Some time ago one of these dispatches pointed out that chairmen are necessary under our system of party government. They are usually entitled to gratitude and respect.

Senator Fess was drafted at a difficult time. He is an honest and conscientious man of high character with a record for distinguished public service. If his party did not win the last nationa1 election, no other party won a majority in Congress. As chairman and Senator he is entitled to respectful consideration. The same is due to others. There are some in his party who disagree with him. That would be true of any one. Chairman Raskob has some in his party who disagree with him. They have suggested his retirement.

Probably both Senator Fess and Mr. Raskob would be delighted to be relieved of their office. Neither one is likely to be driven out by attacks. With divergent opinion on so many subjects the sane procedure for both parties is to make the most of a chairman of ability and character.

Citation: Calvin Coolidge Says: Dispatches Written by Former-President Coolidge and Syndicated to Newspapers in 1930-1931 (Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation)

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Craig Eyermann who prepared this document for digital publication.

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