By Wyatt Earp | September 13, 2008
Remember when the POTUS candidates claimed that they were sick of “politics as usual,” and would not resort to attack ads? Yeah, that was a great ten minutes, wasn’t it? Don’t be surpirsed at the nastiness seen in the 2008 race, though: this kind of nonsense has been going on for 200 years.
It is also the subject of my article at Family Security Matters:
Over the past few weeks, the nation has been shocked and outraged at the ridiculous smears and disgusting attacks upon Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. To her credit, the Alaskan governor has never faltered against the unprovoked, untrue charges thrown her way by the mainstream, Obama-loving media. In fact, she has made great progress in debunking most of these fictitious “scandals.”
Unfortunately, attacks like the ones Governor Palin has to endure come with the territory in contemporary American politics. She is not the first candidate to be assaulted, and she will not be the last. Throughout this country’s history, contrived scandals and sickening smears have been the rule rather than the exception. Here is a look at some of the more laughable examples:
During the presidential election of 1804, Thomas Jefferson faced a challenge from South Carolina’s Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, the former Minister to France. Sensing an uphill battle, Pinckney launched a series of attacks against Jefferson, the incumbent. While history leads one to believe that the early days of America gave rise to polite gentlemen, Pinckney’s slings and arrows proved otherwise.
Just before the ballots were cast, Pinckney unleashed his “October Surprise.” His operatives distributed leaflets stating that Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase was made for 60 million francs and a cancellation of an 18 million franc debt. This was widely known. However, Pinckney also alleged that Napoleon signed into the deal an agreement that would allow French citizens to be rude to Americans through eternity.
Sadly, the voters didn’t buy it, and Jefferson was reelected in a landslide.
You can read the rest HERE.