I am surprised that there is a anti-Garfeild clique. I would hazard a guess its because Garfield is actually on the anti-Grant side, maybe. and also probably because he is Rosecrans man and held a personal vendetta against Grant for the rest of his life. Of course I could be reaching but anyone that seems to be on Garfields side seems to hate Grant a bit, especially after the Civil War.Oh, snap. I accidentally gave a clue away. Anyway, I'm guessing that there would not be such a big backlash against Garfield if he's the candidate. Breckenridge was even younger when elected VP, and now he's the leader of the rebellion. Also, when I say candidates, I refer to my candidates, so something like Stanton becoming President and Garfield succeeding him after he's incapacitated would count (not saying I'm gonna do that. I'm really liking the idea of Stanton as a political tutor).
And also, Garfield did come after Grant in the Presidency and campaigned on Reforming all of the corruption that started with Grant.
That said Garfield to me seems like the man who should be President because that Reforming platform I think was necessary. Plus his practice as a lawyer, and even the whole "writing Latin with the left hand and Greek with the right". He would definitely be one of the most smartest men to be President.