In Sarah Palin's convention speech, and today on the stump in Wisconsin, she talked about Harry Truman being from a small town:
A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.
The only reference to this quote I could find was in a Pat Buchanan book called Right from the Beginning. Apparently the writer is Westbrook Pegler, and he had also written this when Harry Truman was nominated for vice president:
"This Truman... is thin-lipped, a hater, and not above offering you his hand to yank you off balance and work you over with a chair leg, a pool cue or something out of his pocket."
And reading this old obit of Mr. Pegler, I found out that Truman referred to Pegler as a "gutter-snipe." Probably with honesty, sincerity and dignity. There are more fun insults traded between Pegler and Truman in the obit.
Obit courtesy of ProQuest Historical Newspapers Database.