By Joseph Cummins
A heritage of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election innovations Today’s political pundits show surprise and unhappiness while applicants hotel to unfavorable campaigning. yet heritage unearths that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. whatever 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. permit 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 citizens 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 useful reminder that historical past does repeat itself, that classes could be realized from the previous (though and they aren’t), and that our most famed presidents should not above reproach whilst it comes to the dirtiest online game of all—political campaigning.
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Adams received 77 votes to Governor Clinton’s 50. He considered this a sign of disrespect and thus the stage was set for 1796 and the first truly contested presidential election in American history. IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ’EM, START YOUR OWN NEWSPAPER Hamilton and his pal John Fenno, editor of the Gazette of the United States, took aim at Jefferson and Republican supporters like James Madison at every opportunity. They claimed that Jefferson (whom Hamilton was fond of addressing sardonically in print as “Generalissimo”) was a man of “profound ambition and violent passions” who would do anything to become president.
Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication INTRODUCTION 1789 GEORGE WASHINGTON VS. HIMSELF 1792 GEORGE WASHINGTON VS. HIMSELF (AGAIN) 1796 JOHN ADAMS VS. THOMAS JEFFERSON 1800 THOMAS JEFFERSON VS. JOHN ADAMS 1804 THOMAS JEFFERSON VS. CHARLES PINCKNEY 1808 JAMES MADISON VS. CHARLES PINCKNEY 1812 JAMES MADISON VS. DEWITT CLINTON 1816 JAMES MONROE VS. RUFUS KING 1820 JAMES MONROE VS. HIMSELF 1824 JOHN QUINCY ADAMS VS. ANDREW JACKSON 1828 ANDREW JACKSON VS. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 1832 ANDREW JACKSON VS. HENRY CLAY 1836 MARTIN VAN BUREN VS.
United States Telegraph The election of 1828 begins with Andrew Jackson’s anger. Jackson—the six-foot-tall ex-frontiersman hero of New Orleans, the man who as a boy of thirteen in the Revolutionary War received a saber slash across the head for refusing to shine the boots of a British officer, and who then survived smallpox and the deaths of his mother and two brothers, and who grew up to defeat not only the British in 1814 but also the Creeks, Seminoles, and Spanish—well, Jackson was not a guy you wanted to piss off.
Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins