Flashback 1960: Nixon vs. Kennedy (and Mayor Daley)

One of the top 5 “rigged Presidential elections”.
Will 2020 make the list?

I lived in Chicago for much of the 70s and 80s.

So, I witnessed the power of Mayor Daley’s Democratic machine.

Its abuses were in plain sight for all to see: most notably, political patronage and vote fraud … think: voting rights for the deceased, “vote early and vote often”, “walking around money”, mysteriously appearing boxes of ballots.

The hallmark of the Chicago machine was the 1960 Presidential election between Kennedy and Nixon.

Fred Lucas, author of the book Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections, ranks Kennedy vs. Nixon as one of the top 5 “rigged Presidential elections”.

Here’s a summary what qualified that election for Lucas’ top 5 list…


According to Lucas…

Earl Mazo, a Washington reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, traveled to Chicago, obtained a list of voters in the suspicious precincts, and began matching names with addresses.

Mazo found a cemetery where the names on the tombstones were registered and voted.

He also found a house that was completely gutted.

“There was nobody there. But there were 56 votes for [John F.] Kennedy in that house.”

Mazo found some similar dirty tricks perpetrated in other cities and states, but “nothing on the scale of what happened in Chicago’.

Illinois state special prosecutor Morris Wexler, named to investigate charges of election fraud in Chicago, indicted 677 election officials, but couldn’t nail down convictions with state Judge John Karns.

It wasn’t until 1962, when an election worker confessed to witness tampering in Chicago’s 28th Ward, that three precinct workers pleaded guilty and served jail sentences.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported hearing tapes of FBI wiretaps about potential election fraud. Hersh — whose books indicate he is a fan of neither Kennedy nor Nixon — believed Nixon was the rightful winner.


Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

What are the odds that the 2020 election ends up as a new entry on the rigged elections list?

I’m betting the over on that one…



Famously, Nixon told Mazo — who was the only reporter seriously pursuing the story —  to back off.

Nixon’s rationale: “Our country cannot afford the agony of a constitutional crisis” in the midst of the Cold War.

Now, there isn’t a Cold War, but there is a pandemic.

What are the odds that President Trump will be so gracious?

I’m betting the under on that one…

2 Responses to “Flashback 1960: Nixon vs. Kennedy (and Mayor Daley)”

  1. Jody Wise Says:

    I want to make sure I understand your over and under comment. You think it is likely that the vote is rigged and therefore under suspicion and you think it is unlikely that Trump would ever sacrifice, like Nixon did, for the greater good (avoiding a constitutional crisis).

    Can you tell I am not a sports wagerer:-)

  2. Deepak Gupta Says:

    Prof Homa,

    I hope you are not donating to the recount contribution. If you do please read the fine print.

    By donating through this page, you agree that your contribution to DJTFP will be allocated as follows (Multicandidate PAC amounts in parentheses):

    50% of each contribution, up to a maximum of $2,800 ($5,000), to be designated toward DJTFP’s 2020 general election account for general election debt retirement until such debt is retired. 50% of each contribution, up to a maximum of $2,800 ($5,000), to be designated toward DJTFP’s Recount Account. Any amount that exceeds the applicable contribution limit for 2020 general election debt retirement, including any amounts donated to DJTFP after such debt has been retired, will be designated in full toward DJFTP’s Recount Account, up to a maximum of $2,800 ($5,000).


    I feel its just propaganda to recover debt.

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