On Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:48:28 -0400, Tony Cooper
Post by Tony Cooper Post by tonbei
a question about the meaning of "deliver"
in the following passage from a book
Politicians could run Pennsylvania and Ohio, and if they could not run Chicago they could at least deliver it.
(The Best and the Brightest by D. Halberstam)
question: about the meaning of "deliver it"
I couldn't even guess what's meant by the phrase.
Or does it mean that they could make a public promise to run such a big city although they couldn't do it.
But it doesn't seem to make sense.
"Deliver it", in this context, means secure enough votes for the
candidate of choice to be elected. It is a reference to the
Democratic machine delivering enough votes for John F. Kennedy to
defeat Richard Nixon in 1960. JFK received a suspiciously high number
of votes in Cook County. While there are other cities in Cook County,
Chicago is the major city, and the Democratic machine ruled all of
Cook County in those days.
As I heard it, an important fact that Nixon may have considered
when he did not challenge the outcome is that Nixon himself received
"a suspiciously high number of votes" in the suburbs.
In 1968, I worked with a fellow who claimed that he, though a
(Chicago) teen and too young to vote, voted all day long in that
1960 election. That is, he was carried in a truck (with others) from
poll to poll where he would vote as instructed. He was paid. He
said he kept himself from guilt by spending half the day working for
the Democrats and the other half working for the Republicans.
That sort of fraud seems to be have elminated not long after that
election, except from D. Trump's imagination.