Birth of the Bull Moose Party, 1912 Republican National Convention, Part 5: Cartoons Magazine Centennial, July 1912, Part 0.5
Breaking news, on the 1912 Presidential Election! The establishment G.O.P. Party Machinery, having chosen current President William Howard Taft as 1912 Republican nominee for the White House, in spite of the larger following amongst the Party, and the people generally, for former President Theodore Roosevelt, T.R. has decided to break with the Republican establishment, and form a new political party — the Progressive Party, labeled soon after as the Bull Moose Party! Because, after all, how would cartoonists parody them, without an animal mascot?!
Above, a German view of American events, in the publication Kladderadatsch, posing whether Teddy has taken A Juicy Bite — Or More Than He Could Chew?
Below, William Kemp Starrett on the birth of “The Grand New Party” — The Teddy Bear Party — to the personal glory of Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy’s parade is complete with defecting Party Machine Bosses, ex-Republican Presidents, and the switching of sides of a few monopolies/trusts. Beneath that, Bromstrup of the San Francisco Post, and Charles Bowers, depict the Republican “Bolt” — i.e., the huge number G.O.P. delegates, who walked out of the Republican Convention, calling for the formation of a new political party.
Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.
Beneath, the first cartoons (that made it into Cartoons Magazine, at least) referring directly to a Teddy’s new party, as a “Bull Moose”. Both cartoons by “Tad” Dorgan.