A Shermanesque statement is a clear and direct statement by a potential political candidate indicating that he or she will not run for a particular office.
The term is derived from a remark made by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman when he was being considered as a possible Republican candidate for president in 1884. Sherman declined, saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
In modern times, President Lyndon Johnson famously declared he would not run for a second term in 1968 by saying, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”
Likewise, Gen. David Petraeus made a similar pledge in 2010 saying, “I thought I’ve said ‘no’ as many ways as I could. I will not ever run for political office, I can assure you of that.”
One of my personal favorite Shermanesque statements was Mo Udall, who said in 1984 that “if nominated, I shall run to Mexico. If elected, I shall fight extradition.”
I saw all of this because I have the opposite of a Shermanesque statement of my own to make. I somehow am in repubgirlprobs’s “Sexy Uncle Sam” calendar contest, and I am in need of votes to make sure I win, because I am now getting very competitive about this.
So without further adieu, here is the picture (and like their Facebook page here). Please like and share it since I can say that if victorious, I will gladly appear in the calendar.
Some backstory to this photo: I was in DC with the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and we were getting a tour of the Executive Office Building where Joe Biden works. At one point, I sat down on a desk and was immediately yelled at after taking this picture, because this is where Biden actually sits.
Vote early (and not often)!