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Fail to the Chief

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Fail to the Chief is the podcast where comic "historian" Thom Woodley talks about the men who became President... almost. Romp through the losers of presidential history, laugh and marvel at how different life might have been, had America made different choices. FailToTheChief.wordpress.com

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Fail to the Chief is the podcast where comic "historian" Thom Woodley talks about the men who became President... almost. Romp through the losers of presidential history, laugh and marvel at how different life might have been, had America made different choices. FailToTheChief.wordpress.com

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Thanks Thom (with a H)

By Jade-venn - Apr 13 2018
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Great podcast, funny and interesting.

#FeeltheBurr

By Redtschorn - Jun 16 2016
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Great podcast! Introduces an unknown but fascinating and entertaining part of American history.

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
19
4
1
1
1

Thanks Thom (with a H)

By Jade-venn - Apr 13 2018
Read more
Great podcast, funny and interesting.

#FeeltheBurr

By Redtschorn - Jun 16 2016
Read more
Great podcast! Introduces an unknown but fascinating and entertaining part of American history.

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Fail to the Chief

Latest release on May 05, 2020

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Rank #1: NEW: 1952/1956. Adlai Stevenson, the Thinking Man's President.

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This is a repost as there was an error the first time I posted!

Comic historian Thom Woodley digs into the record of Adlai Stevenson II, Governor of Illinois and two-time nominee of the Democratic party, who lost big to Dwight Eisenhower. 

Dec 03 2019

47mins

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Rank #2: 1936. Landslide Alf Landon

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in this episode, Thom Woodley discusses the very boring Kansas governor Alf Landon and his landslide loss to Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Jul 09 2019

41mins

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Rank #3: 1948. Henry Wallace, the Secret Soviet Spy candidate?

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Join comic historian Thom Woodley as we talk about Henry Wallace, former Vice President and the 1948 candidate of the Progressive Party... and also maybe, just maybe, a secret Soviet asset. 

Nov 05 2019

35mins

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Rank #4: 1916. Charles Evans Hughes, the Beard we can Believe in.

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In this episode, Thom looks at one of the best presidential losers of all time, Charles Evans Hughes. He lost to Woodrow Wilson by only about six thousand votes, but it's all good - he went on to serve as both Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, so don't feel too bad. 

Apr 02 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: BONUS! The 5th Era of American Politics Review

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In this episode, we explore ALL of the losers of the 5th Period in American Politics (1932-1968), Alf Landon, Wendell Willkie, Thomas Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Strom Thurmond, Henry Wallace and Barry Goldwater, and find out where they rank among the losers of all American history. 

We also talk about some notable other losers of the era: Henry Breckinridge, Cactus Jack Garner, Estes Kefauver, Averell Harriman, Bob Taft, Douglas MacArthur, Nelson Rockefeller and the classic perennial candidate of them all, Harold Stassen. 

Jan 14 2020

33mins

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Rank #6: Barry Goldwater: the Ted Cruz of 1964

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Join humorist historian Thom Woodley as he discusses the men who lost presidential elections. This time he talks about conservative icon and uber-loser Barry Goldwater. 

Please subscribe and rate us on iTunes! And follow us at @failtothechief. 

Jun 29 2016

39mins

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Rank #7: 1900-1920. Eugene V. Debs and the (first) Socialist Revolution

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Did you know that America had socialist candidates before Bernie Sanders? We sure did. In fact, union organizer Eugene Debs ran as the Socialist candidate in five elections - including one from a prison cell. 

Mar 19 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: 1864. George McClellan, the Trump of the Civil War

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Join comic historian Thom Woodley on a discussion of the very Trumplike candidate to lose against Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Civil War. 

Mar 12 2017

37mins

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Rank #9: 1904. The Anonymous Alton B. Parker.

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Thom Woodley explores the candidacy of Judge Alton B. Parker, the most forgotten of all losers - so forgotten that this democratic nominee has never even had a biography written about him. 

Mar 05 2019

36mins

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Rank #10: 1872. Horace Greeley and the Lamestream Media

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Join comic historian Thom Woodley as he investigates the losers of presidential history. In this episode, Liberal Republican candidate and New York Tribune founder-editor Horace Greeley. He lost to Ulysses Grant, was a titan of media, and a journalistic icon, as well as a brilliant genius and possible lunatic. (History politics presidents worst comedy)

May 25 2017

38mins

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Rank #11: James Cox: The John Kasich of 1920

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Humorist historian discuss the presidential losers. 

In this episode, Gov. James Cox of Ohio, who lost in 1920 to Warren G. Harding and bears a striking similarity to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

Jun 12 2016

30mins

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Rank #12: 1824 and 1832. The Incredible Henry Clay (Part 1)

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Thom rereleases part 1 of his all-time favorite loser, Henry Clay, the man who ran six times, was nominated thrice, saved the Union thrice, and probably almost destroyed it a few times too. 

Apr 30 2019

36mins

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Rank #13: Ep 29: La la la Loser, La la la La Follette (Re-release)

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Re-release of episode from 2015/2016 about 'Fighting Bob' La Follette, champion of the Progressive Party and bigtime loser of 1924.  

May 21 2019

34mins

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Rank #14: 1928. Al Smith, the Happy Warrior

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In this episode, humorist historian Thom Woodley dives into Al Smith, Governor of New York, first Catholic nominee, a man who might have prevented the Depression even though he never even went to high school. 

Jun 04 2019

40mins

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Rank #15: 1896, 1900, 1908. William Jennings Bryan, shaper of the Democratic Party.

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Thom Woodley discusses three-time democratic party loser William Jennings Bryan, and what the world would be like had this preacher-in-chief been elected. 

Feb 05 2019

53mins

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Rank #16: 1876. Samuel Tilden and the Ruther-Fraud of the Century

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Comic historian Thom Woodley dissects the back stories, politics and failures of the men who lost presidential elections.

In this episode, epic 1876 loser Samuel Tilden, who had the election stolen right from under his beaklike nose.  

Aug 30 2017

36mins

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Rank #17: 1924. John W. Davis, Pride of West Virginia

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In this episode, Thom dives into one of the most forgotten presidential losers of all time, John W. Davis, 1924 Democratic dark horse nominee. 

May 07 2019

35mins

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Rank #18: 1868. Horatio Seymour, the Man who Wouldn't be President (please??)

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Join comic historian Thom Woodley on a tour through the losers of presidential history - this time Horatio Seymour, Governor of New York, who lost the election of 1868 to Ulysses S. Grant, and has the distinction of being the loser who most sincerely did NOT want to become president. 

Apr 15 2017

37mins

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Rank #19: BONUS! The Cross of Gold Speech by William Jennings Bryan

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Thom reads the 1896 Democratic National Convention 'Cross of Gold' speech of William Jennings Bryan. 

Feb 13 2019

20mins

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Rank #20: BONUS! The Premature Obituary of John Breckinridge

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Thom reads the New York Times' premature and erroneous obituary of John C. Breckinridge, thought to be killed in the Civil War (but actually surviving for another 12 years).

Mar 08 2016

6mins

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