Yet, the reason why he came to mind today is that essentially he was a fundamentalist progressive. In today's political climate that's unfathomable. A quick thought is that the GOP has done a terrific, albeit evil, job of exploiting fear among evangelicals that their faith is under attack, only to go to Washington to vote against their best interests. (See: Kansas, What's the Matter With?)
In today's parlance he would be something akin to an ignorant & bigoted tree-hugger. He definitely breaks the stereotypical mold with which we're familiar.
Thus, I'm going to head out to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up a book released last month by Michael Kazin titled "A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan".
To demonstrate how Bryan's beliefs don't quite work in today's climate, check out this screenshot I nabbed of "People who bought this book also bought".
An attack book on Carter, a book on McCarthy and another on Stalin. Talk about the spectrum.