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A historical past of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election suggestions  Today’s political pundits convey surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants lodge to detrimental 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. permit the name-calling start!       •  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 heritage does repeat itself, that classes may be realized from the prior (though and so 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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A Connecticut paper raised the specter of the French Revolution, supposedly beloved by Jefferson: “Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames … female chastity violated, [your] children writhing on the pike? ” KING JOHN Republicans claimed that Adams planned to marry one of his sons to a daughter of King George III of England in order to start an American royal dynasty and reunite England and America. And if that wasn’t enough to make Anglophobes panic, Republicans also claimed that Adams sent his running mate, Charles Pinckney, to England to pick up four pretty mistresses—two for the president, two for Pinckney.

Ho! ” he gaily started off one letter to his wife, Abigail, when it became apparent that Washington would not seek a third term. REPUBLICAN: THOMAS JEFFERSON Jefferson had retired from his secretary of state position in 1793 to return to Monticello and attend to his affairs (including the one he had with Sally Hemings, the slave by whom he sired several children). ” But it was clear to everyone where his ambitions lay. THE CAMPAIGN The ten weeks after the publication of Washington’s farewell address were filled with feverish activity and loud proclamations by both parties—except for the candidates.

A Connecticut paper raised the specter of the French Revolution, supposedly beloved by Jefferson: “Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames … female chastity violated, [your] children writhing on the pike? ” KING JOHN Republicans claimed that Adams planned to marry one of his sons to a daughter of King George III of England in order to start an American royal dynasty and reunite England and America. And if that wasn’t enough to make Anglophobes panic, Republicans also claimed that Adams sent his running mate, Charles Pinckney, to England to pick up four pretty mistresses—two for the president, two for Pinckney.

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