Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins
By Joseph Cummins
A historical past of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election innovations Today’s political pundits convey surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants inn to adverse 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 tips and undesirable habit in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. allow 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 must visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a worthy reminder that background does repeat itself, that classes might be discovered from the prior (though and they aren’t), and that our most famed presidents aren't above reproach while it comes to the dirtiest online game of all—political campaigning.
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