I know why Democrat Lewis Cass lost to President Zachary Taylor in the 1848 election. Cass looks absolutely PISSED on his campaign buttons. Given that the above portrait is a drawing, wouldn’t you think that the political consultants would insist on drawing a smile or even a half-smirk?
Yet, according to Heritage Auctions, the Cass campaign button recently sold for $7,767, while the same style Taylor button fetched $4,182.
Despite losing the 1964 election to LBJ by an embarrassing margin, Republican nominee Barry Goldwater is still popular with political memorabilia collectors. (I happen to own a rusting can of 1964 “Gold Water,” which is literally what you think it is.)
Cass and Goldwater are anomalies, however. Usually, the political memorabilia of a second place presidential candidate winds up in the same closet as Super Bowl runners up and gracious Academy Award nominees.
John Kerry = Al Gore = Mike Dukakis = John McCain = Mitt Romney.
In my latest feature for The Hill’s quirky Capital Living section, I explore the fate of “Political Losers” and how they fare in the minds of history buffs and packrats. Double click the newspaper image below or click here for an easy-on-the-eyes enlargement: