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Back in the Gilded Age, the business of the House of Representatives was big news.
While the Senate – slow, indirectly elected and deliberative – offered far less in the way of oratorical drama. But the members on the House floor and the newspaper and magazine reporters writing about them were the talking heads and Twitter warriors of their day.
And in 1894, Rep. William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska was trending.
The 34-year-old Democrat had been swept in on a blue wave in 1890 and was about to get swept back out in a midterm backlash against President Grover Cleveland and their party. But Bryan was no Cleveland Democrat. He was a radical…