By Joseph Cummins
A heritage of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election techniques Today’s political pundits show surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants lodge to detrimental campaigning. yet historical past finds that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. whatever for a Vote is an illustrated examine 200-plus years of soiled tips 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 should visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a helpful reminder that background does repeat itself, that classes could be discovered from the earlier (though and they aren’t), and that our most famed presidents aren't above reproach while it comes to the dirtiest video game of all—political campaigning.
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Depends on the situation, I would usually reply. Frankly, they’ve both acted pretty badly at different times throughout our nation’s history. In general, my research revealed two things: 1) Incumbent parties are more likely to wage dirty presidential campaigns, probably because they have more money and influence. 2) Parties with the strongest ideologies—be they Democratic or Republican—tend to wage the nastiest battles. If you sincerely believe that you have a better candidate and a superior life philosophy, you’re more willing to pull out all the stops to ensure your party wins.
One newspaper, the Niles Register, counted seventeen men who had thrown their hats in the ring; among them were some pretty influential personalities, including Secretary of War John C. ” And then there was Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, the brilliant but aloof son of America’s second president. Crawford was considered the front-runner—Monroe himself favored him—and he was certain that when it came time for the Congressional caucus, he would receive the nomination over his rivals. But a funny thing happened on the way to the caucus.
THE WINNER: JAMES MONROE A snap: 183 votes for Monroe, 34 for Rufus King. The “Era of Good Feelings” was about to begin. JAMES MONROE VS. HIMSELF In the inaugural address delivered by James Monroe in March 1817, he remarked how gratifying it was “to witness the increased harmony of opinion which pervades our Union. ” Spoken like a true Founding Father—they never did like those pesky political parties. There’s nothing like a successful war, economic prosperity, and a lack of Federalists to make a Republican circa 1820 feel good.
Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins