His military instincts did not always make it easy for him to accommodate himself to courtiers and professional politicians.
The members of these bodies belong for the most part, though by no means entirely, and least so in the agricultural states, to the class of professional politicians.
Although President Hayes was not popular with the professional politicians of his own party, and was exposed to bitter attacks on the part of the Democratic opposition on account of the cloud which hung over his election, his conduct of public affairs gave much satisfaction to the people generally.
Backed by these forces, as well as by the king and the army, Franco effected some useful reforms. But his opponents included not only the Republicans, the professional politicians and those officials who feared inquiry, but also the magistracy, the district and municipal councils, and the large body of citizens who still believed in parliamentary government.
The republican press applauded the murder; the professional politicians benefited by it.