"In the city of San Francisco we have drunk to the very dregs the cup of infamy. We have vile officials, we have dad rotten newspapers. We have men who have sold there birthright. We have dipped into every infamy. Every form of wickedness has been ours in the past. Every debased passion and every sin has flourished.
But we have nothing so vile, nothing so low, nothing so debased, nothing so infamous in San Francisco as Harrison Gray Otis. …. He sits there in senile dementia, with gangrened heart and rotting brain, grimacing at every reform, chattering impotently at all things that are decent; frothing, fuming, violently gibbering, going down to his grave in snarling infamy. This man Otis is the one blot on the banner of Southern California; …. he is the one thing that all California looks at when in looking at Southern California they see anything that is disgraceful, depraved, corrupt, crooked and putrescent-that is Harrison Gray Otis.”
Hiram Johnson, 102nd anniversary Edition, discussing organized labor's public enemy number 1. Johnson, it is alleged, riffed out this rhetoric off the cuff - free association style. Man he's good.