Smoke Filled Room

Smoke Filled Room

OMA’s design for the Dutch Parliament featured a smoke filled room. 30 years later they pop up everywhere…

In U.S. political slang, a smoke-filled room is a secret political gathering or decision-making process. The phrase is generally used to suggest a cabal of powerful or well-connected individuals meeting privately to nominate a dark horse candidate or make some other decision without regard for the will of the public. The origin of the term is an Associated Press report describing the process by which Warren G. Harding was nominated as Republican candidate for the 1920 Presidential Election. After many indecisive votes, Harding, an unlikely and little-known candidate, was chosen by Republican senators and party power-brokers in a private meeting at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.

One Response to “Smoke Filled Room”

  1. joost Says:

    Leandro Erlich

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