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By Joseph Cummins
A historical past of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election ideas Today’s political pundits exhibit surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants lodge to adverse campaigning. yet background finds that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. something for a Vote is an illustrated examine 200-plus years of soiled methods and undesirable habit in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. enable the name-calling commence! • 1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s garments: “He is laced up in corsets!” • 1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing greater than a well-meaning baboon!” • 1960: Former president Harry Truman advises electorate that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you need to visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a beneficial reminder that background does repeat itself, that classes might be realized from the previous (though and they aren’t), and that our most renowned presidents usually are not above reproach while it comes to the dirtiest online game of all—political campaigning.
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War with Great Britain was definitely in the air as the election season of 1812 heated up. In the congressional elections of 1810–11, a revolution had taken place. Half the admittedly creaky and aging House members were voted out, replaced by idealistic younger men like Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. These War Hawks wanted England to pay for her insults over the years. Madison understood that most of the country, along with the War Hawks, wanted to engage in hostilities with Great Britain and that it might behoove him to go along.
John Adams In 1792, things got just a little worse. Being the first president meant that Washington had a lot of ceremonial stuff to figure out, for example, what he should be called (“Mr. President” was finally settled on, although John Adams grumbled that the term president recalled such commoners as “presidents of fire companies and clubs”). But there was much more substantial fare on the presidential menu, including the ever-delicate matter of relations with Great Britain and how the administration was to react to the French Revolution (Washington was all for it, until the Terror brought up the fearful specter of mob rule).
Yet first impressions could be deceiving, for Little Jemmy was extremely bright, with an astute grasp of the problems that faced the nation. And, if he lacked Jefferson’s political charm and savvy, he did have another, quite valuable, asset: his wife, Dolley, who was seventeen years younger than he, beautiful, and vivacious—the Jackie Kennedy of her day. As for the Federalists, they brought back Charles Pinckney and Rufus King—the less-than-dynamic duo of 1804. This time around, they didn’t have to face off against the charismatic Thomas Jefferson.
Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins