Perspective: Hindsight Is 1920
Americans take interest in their history during times of great desperation. Commentators have noted that the 2020 race eerily resembles that of a century before, the 1920 contest pitting Democrat James Cox against Republican Warren G. Harding. Being a stolid Midwesterner, Cox has all but been forgotten. No such luck for Harding, who regularly vies with Andrew Johnson for “worst president” in most historical polls. Consoling the anxieties of the American populace, his brilliant campaign in 1920 resulted in landslide victory. Harding only lacked for substance as actual president.