By Joseph Cummins
A heritage of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election concepts Today’s political pundits exhibit surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants inn to unfavourable campaigning. yet background 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 citizens that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you must visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a beneficial reminder that historical past does repeat itself, that classes could be realized from the prior (though and they aren’t), and that our most famed presidents are usually not above reproach whilst it comes to the dirtiest video game of all—political campaigning.
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Calhoun; they were backed largely by the western small farmers and the eastern laboring men. At first they called themselves the Friends of Andrew Jackson, then Democratic-Republicans, and finally Democrats. This group would form the core of the future Democratic Party. And in 1828, both groups would have to contend with a major change to the electoral process—the widespread use of the popular vote. The election of 1828 saw four times as many people casting their vote for president as in the election of 1824.
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Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins