July 31, 1868
The Radicals are failing to keep control of the South with their corrupt methods.
Radical Disappointment. The Radicals are greatly disappointed by the result of the senatorial elections in Georgia. It turns out that one of the newly-elected senators, Mr. Hilt., is a Democrat, and the other, being elected over the double-dyed Radical villain Blodgett, is not at all satisfactory. Hill, in order to give the clearest proof of his position, made a Seymour and Blair speech in Atlanta the night after he was elected! Both the Radical nominees were defeated in this untoward election. The fact is, the signs that with all the scoundrelism of the Radical measures, they will probably fail to bind the southern States to the car of the Radical Juggernaut are sorely embarrassing and grievous to the Radical leaders. Defeat leaves them without hope or consolation. "When good men fail they are consoled by the rectitude of their intentions ; but defeat to bad men takes away everything save remorse !
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“Radical Disappointment,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed August 21, 2019, http://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1091.