It s the height of the presidential election, and despite the public s cry for candidates to focus on the issues, personal attacks and negative ads are everywhere.
Wouldn t it be nice to go back to a time when politics wasn t full of dirty tricks?The problem, of course, is that mudslinging has been around since the birth of the nation.
With the exception of George Washington s unanimous elections, presidential campaigns have always had their share of nasty business. "A History of Political Dirty Tricks" surveys the best of the worst, from the days of the Founding Fathers through the gilded age and up to today.
Among the nefarious deeds you ll find in its pages: Pamphlets calling Thomas Jefferson an atheist Accusations that Martin Van Buren wore corsets The forged Morey letter, which stated that James Garfield supported Chinese immigration Richard Nixon s sabotage of the Paris peace talks that could have ended the Vietnam War Robocalls about John McCain s other child Spin doctors, political hit men, opposition research, push-pollsthey are all in full force in the 2016 race for the White House. "A History of Political Dirty Tricks" shows that this season s campaign is just like the ones from the good ol days.
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