Fail to the Chief
By Thom Woodley
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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
||CleanBONUS! The Cross of Gold Speech by William Jennings Bryan||Thom reads the 1896 Democratic National Convention 'Cross of Gold' speech of William Jennings Bryan.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1896, 1900, 1908. William Jennings Bryan, shaper of the Democratic Party.||Thom Woodley discusses three-time democratic party loser William Jennings Bryan, and what the world would be like had this preacher-in-chief been elected.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode! Reviewing the 3rd Period of American Politics||Thom summarizes his rankings for the losers of the period of American history from 1860-1892: Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge, John Bell, George McClellan, Horatio Seymour, Horace Greeley, Samuel Tilden, Winfield Scott Hancock, James Blaine and...||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1816. The Man who would be (Rufus) King||In this rerelease, Thom dives into the election of 1816, the last mewling death cry of the Federalist Party and its standardbearer, Rufus King.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1896. James B. Weaver, the People's Person of Choice.||You've probably never heard of James B. Weaver, but he's the first successful populist (leftist) candidate in American history. His 1896 third party run won five states and helped to change the landscape of politics from then on. In this episode, Thom..||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1884. The Plumed Knight of Maine, James G. Blaine||James G. Blaine combined the politicking of Paul Ryan, the NYC elitist foibles of Hillary Clinton, and the plutocratic corruption of Donald Trump. And he almost became president in 1884. Hear comic historian Thom Woodley go into what kept this...||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1812. De wit and de wisdom of Dewitt Clinton.||When he ran for president in the midst of our most-forgotten major war, Dewitt Clinton was serving as both lieutenant governor of New York and Mayor of New York City - and he was both a Democratic-Republican and a Federalist. It was confusing...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1880. The Superb Winfield Scott Hancock.||We're back, with a new episode the first Tuesday of every month! This episode, Thom explores the election of 1880, which Civil War hero Winfield Scott Hancock lost to political partisan James Garfield.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1804/1808. C.C. Pinckney, the Plantation President (Re-Release)||Thom Woodley dives into the history of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, two-time federalist loser (1804 and 1808). New episodes coming the first tuesday of every month!||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1800. Aaron Burr, our First Supervillain||Special Re-Release! Thom Woodley dives deep into the life of the very first presidential loser (and star of the stage) Aaron Burr. Not just the bad guy in Hamilton... he very much played the bad guy in real life. But also the good guy! Because...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1876. Samuel Tilden and the Ruther-Fraud of the Century||Comic historian Thom Woodley dissects the back stories, politics and failures of the men who lost presidential elections. In this episode, epic 1876 loser Samuel Tilden, who had the election stolen right from under his beaklike nose.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1872. Horace Greeley and the Lamestream Media||Join comic historian Thom Woodley as he investigates the losers of presidential history. In this episode, Liberal Republican candidate and New York Tribune founder-editor Horace Greeley. He lost to Ulysses Grant, was a titan of media, and a...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||CleanVideo1868. Horatio Seymour, the Man who Wouldn't be President (please??)||Join comic historian Thom Woodley on a tour through the losers of presidential history - this time Horatio Seymour, Governor of New York, who lost the election of 1868 to Ulysses S. Grant, and has the distinction of being the loser who most sincerely...||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1864. George McClellan, the Trump of the Civil War||Join comic historian Thom Woodley on a discussion of the very Trumplike candidate to lose against Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Civil War.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPresident's Day 2017 Special Announcement||We're back.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarry Goldwater: the Ted Cruz of 1964||Join humorist historian Thom Woodley as he discusses the men who lost presidential elections. This time he talks about conservative icon and uber-loser Barry Goldwater. Please subscribe and rate us on iTunes! And follow us at @failtothechief.||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Cox: The John Kasich of 1920||Humorist historian discuss the presidential losers. In this episode, Gov. James Cox of Ohio, who lost in 1920 to Warren G. Harding and bears a striking similarity to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS! The Premature Obituary of John Breckinridge||Thom reads the New York Times' premature and erroneous obituary of John C. Breckinridge, thought to be killed in the Civil War (but actually surviving for another 12 years).||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1860 Part 3. The Traitor, John Breckinridge.||Join humorist historian Thom Woodley on a whirlwind tour through the losers of presidential history.||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1860 part 2. Ding goes John Bell.||Comic historian Thom Woodley @thomwoodley dives into one presidential loser each episode. This time it's the sole nominee of the short-lived Constitutional Union party, John Bell of Tennessee.||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS! Antebellum Era Recap||--||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1860. Stephen Douglas, the Little Giant.||Join comic historian on a tour through the presidential losers of elections past. @failtothechief||1/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp16. la la la La Follette, la la la Loser||Join comic historian Thom Woodley (@thomwoodley) as he explores a losing presidential candidate of the past, and discusses how they got the nomination, how they lost, what life might be like if they had won, and what they might be like if they were on..||12/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp15. Free Men, Free Soil, Free Loser: Fremont.||join comic historian Thom Woodley as he discusses the losers of the presidential elections of the past, and debates what kind of president said loser would have made. In this episode, the 1856 election and the first Republican candidate, John C....||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp14. The Big Man: Winfield Scott||Join comic historian @thomwoodley as he explores the foibles and facts of the losers of our presidential elections. Follow us @failtothechief and check out failtothechief.wordpress.com for more.||8/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp13. Lewis Cass, our first Ugly-American candidate.||Comic historian Thom Woodley (@thomwoodley) takes you on a tour through the rogues gallery of presidential candidates who didn't quite make it. This episode, Lewis Cass (Democrat, 1848), who lost to Zachary Taylor.||6/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp12. Henry Clay - Part 2||--||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11. Al Gore, the loser who won.||Comic historian @thomwoodley discusses the candidate Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, and what would have happened had he won.||5/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10. The Devil in Daniel Webster||Comic historian Thom Woodley @thomwoodley talks about congressional legend Daniel Webster's failed 1836 Presidential bid, and the two other times he could have very easily become president.||4/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp9. Hugh Lawson White, legislative Dracula||This episode, Thom Woodley talks about Hugh Lawson White, possibly the most conservative candidate ever to run on a major party ticket for president. Also one of the ugliest, and possibly most undead.||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp8. William Wirt Fights the Freemasons||Every episode, comic historian Thom Woodley (@thomwoodley) details one loser of a presidential election. This time, it's the 1832 third party, William Wirt, sole candidate of the short-lived Anti-Masonic Party... that's right, an entire party...||3/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp7. Henry Clay, Part 1||The Great Compromiser||3/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Happy President's Day!||Today in honor of President's Day, we take a look at all the presidents who have been defeated, either before or after their terms. Just because they won doesn't mean they're not losers.||2/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp6. William Crawford's Stroke of Bad Luck||In this episode, Thom Woodley talks about mediocre William Crawford, last official candidate of the Democratic-Republican Party, and how his selection led to a chaotic 5-man race and set the stage for the Civil War.||2/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp5. President George Wallace! (gotta keep 'em segregated)||This episode, comic historian Thom Woodley talks about the famous villain from the movie SELMA and his quixotic 1968 run for President as the candidate of the American Independent Party. Segregationist, populist, and assassination survivor - just how...||1/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS Episode! The First Era of American Politics||Thom Woodley takes a look at the first 9 terms of American presidential history, decides who the Loser of the Era was, and talks about a few more interesting losers who didn't clinch the nomination.||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp4. The Man who would be Rufus King||Last Federalist Loser of 1816||1/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntro Episode: Hello, Loser||Welcome to Fail to the Chief||12/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Who'd have thought?
Politics are boring. History is boring. Despite being about both, however, this podcast manages to be interesting. Thom does does a great job presenting what could be a snooze of a subject. My favorite part of each episode is when Thom rates the failed candidates and speculates on what may have happened in their presidency had the votes gone otherwise.
Great take on history!
So glad I’ve got new episodes to listen to! Who knew learning about presidential losers could be so interesting!?!?
Thanks Thom (with a H)
Great podcast, funny and interesting.