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A historical past of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election innovations  Today’s political pundits exhibit surprise and unhappiness while applicants inn to unfavorable campaigning. yet background 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. enable 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 need to visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a worthwhile reminder that historical past does repeat itself, that classes will be realized from the previous (though and they aren’t), and that our most renowned presidents will not be above reproach while it comes to the dirtiest online game of all—political campaigning.

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And dirty tricks do influence the outcome of presidential elections. In some of the ugliest elections of all time—from the Jefferson-Adams bloodbath of 1800 through the Hoover-Smith smearfest of 1928 to the Bush-Gore millennial madness—the party responsible for the dirtiest tricks usually won. If all this sounds pretty grim, cheer up. Without smears, innuendo, and thievery tainting our electoral system, what would we have to connect us to our quickly vanishing past? Believe me: You could take any Whig or Federalist of yore, plunk him down in a modern presidential campaign, and (once accustomed to television and the Internet) he’d be up and shrieking with the best of us.

In August of 1812, the Federalists met in great secrecy and decided to tacitly throw their support his way. THE CAMPAIGN Clinton’s supporters presented themselves as the peace ticket, but they assured voters that, if Clinton were elected, he would still prosecute the war—only far more wisely than Madison (if you were paying attention in the election of 2004, this line of thinking ought to sound familiar). Clinton’s supporters called the sitting president “a base wretch … who is for WAR,” attempting to pound the drum of popular indignation.

Unfortunately, the biggest victims of the embargo were American farmers who exported grain overseas and New England merchants, whose lively trade in goods to Europe was now cut off. ” Like Washington before him, Jefferson knew when to shuffle off the public stage. Declaring that it was time to retire to “my family, my books, and farms,” he recommended his close friend and secretary of state, James Madison, as the next Republican presidential candidate. Vice President George Clinton would remain as running mate.

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