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then, but she shared with Louis a passionate desire not to have him die politically, anymore than you would let him die physically. The basis of that with Mrs. R. - I'm not sure what it was with Louis - was the sense that he would deteriorate. He was going to live physically and was going to be a cripple. She had faced that. She had never fooled herself about his getting back the full use of his legs, which he did believe in, and probably that belief helped him an awful lot. She thought that he would die spiritually, die intellectually and die in his personality if he didn't have political hope. He had attached his thinking and his personal commitments and ambitions around politics, rather than around scholarship or something that he could do in a wheel chair. I'm very sure that this is the case not only from intuition, but from conversation. She felt near the time of this that his name must be kept before the people. He must be consulted from time to time. He must know himself to be in the political scheme.

We were old hands during this election. We knew what to do, how to do it. I want to say this, because I don't think the modern campaigners know this. Either we knew this or Al Smith knew it and taught it to us. That was, that you don't go upstate with a lot of Tammany advisers and you don't go riding around in a great, big, magnificent car.

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