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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.
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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

    1988. Michael Dukakis, a.k.a. Zorba the Clerk.

    1988. Michael Dukakis, a.k.a. Zorba the Clerk.

    Thom Woodley takes you on a tour of presidential losers of the past. In this episode, the George Bush vs. Michael Dukakis election of 1988. 

    • 36 min
    BONUS: 1980. John B. Anderson, the Best Candidate You Never Heard Of,

    BONUS: 1980. John B. Anderson, the Best Candidate You Never Heard Of,

    Thom Woodley digs into the losers of presidential history - in this case, the independent candidacy of former Republican Congressman John B. Anderson (IL-16), who lost to Ronald Reagan but might have been the architect of a much better future. 

    • 29 min
    1972. George McGovern's McGovernment.

    1972. George McGovern's McGovernment.

    Thom Woodley takes you through the history of the disastrous 1972 presidential campaign of liberal icon and Nixon opponent, George McGovern. 

    • 44 min
    1968. Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the Happy Handshaker.

    1968. Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the Happy Handshaker.

    Thom Woodley discusses the losers of presidential history - this year, the big Democratic loser of the chaotic year of 1968, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who lost to Richard Nixon in the midst of the Vietnam War. 

    • 43 min
    1968. George Wallace, Segregator-in-Chief

    1968. George Wallace, Segregator-in-Chief

    Rerelease of a 2015 Episode. Just in time for MLK Day, it's our episode on George Wallace, the 3rd party candidate in the 1968 election. Why wasn't he elected president? And how would he have been in office?

    • 30 min
    BONUS! The 5th Era of American Politics Review

    BONUS! The 5th Era of American Politics Review

    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. Where do they rank among the losers of 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, Harold Stassen. 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

AaronBonaparteAlexanderBurr ,

Thom Woodley for President!

I just discovered this podcast and devoured it in two days. Very entertaining and informative. Love the format. Keep up the stellar work! The only reason no 5 stars is Mr. Woodley is unfair to the much misunderstood and maligned Aaron Burr. I issue you a challenge, Sir. Let us settle this upon the field of honor!

Valleycapsfan ,

Interesting, Witty, and Very Informative

I stumbled across this podcast by accident but am glad I did. The episodes I’ve listened to are very well researched, well-organized, but told with enough humor and insight that they are never boring. Highly recommended!

Shivom MS ,

Amazing

This is a great podcast! Everyone from every side of the aisle should love it. Thom’s name is amazing as well.

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