The Progressives Die

 
Armageddon--afterwards-cartoon.JPG (41468 bytes)In the end, the Progressive Party died.   Some of its active members hoped to keep it going as a vehicle for reform.   The party did offer some candidates for public office in the 1914 elections, but, without Roosevelt's active support and in the face of the legislative successes of Wilson and the Democrats, the party did not do well.
Scanned from Current Literature 53(1912): 487, cartoon by Harding in the Brooklyn Eagle
TheCountersignCartoon.JPG (32493 bytes)As this cartoon scanned from Current Literature 53(1912): 489 indicates, part of the problem the Bull Moose party faced was the unwillingness of local candidates to join in its effort.  Historical study of the Progressive Party membership and candidates indicates that established Republicans, who were in sympathy with the Bull Moose platform, were nevertheless very, very reluctant to bolt the GOP and risk their position in it.
(The Ohio Historical Society holds a collection of 104 James Donahey cartoons from this time period.)