From the site i found they were very cut throat and came right out to what they were thinking at that time.
* 1800: Jefferson hired a writer named James Callender to attack President Adams. He wrote that John Adams is "a repulsive pedant," a "gross hypocrite," and "a hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensiblity of a woman."
* 1876 the opponents of Rutherford B. Hayes spread around a rumor that he had shot his own mother in a fit of rage.
* A Democratic newspaper told voters that Lincoln should not be elected president because he only changed his socks once every 10 days.
* 1912: Theodore Roosevelt is shot in the chest while preparing to give a campaign speech, then proceeds to deliver it anyway: “I don t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose!”
* 1828: a Republican pamphlet said Democrat Andrew Jackson was "a gambler, a cock fighter, a slave trader and the husband of a really fat wife," an insult for which he never forgave his opponents.
* 1844: Democrats call Whig candidate Henry Clay on his "supposed baggage train of gambling, dueling, womanizing and "By the Eternal!" swearing." Clay lost.
* 1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”
Its sad to me that politics are so nasty. In a country where people come here for freedom in religion, thought, ways of life etc, the politicians and the partisan groups insult and demean those who have different thoughts from them, this goes against the grain of what America stands for.
What is unfortunate, people are to lazy (of course not us ATS members ), to check the mud that politicians throw to see if its true or not. People dont want to take the time to really see what a candidates worth is and what they can bring to the table to make this a better country.
America is a work in progress just like an individuals life ,mistakes are and will always be made, and the political family also learns by its mistakes, what may look good on paper could be a failure when put into action.
The political mudslingers look for these failures to pin on the opposing party to make them look worse than oneself.
No one is perfect, our country is not perfect and certainly the people who run it are far from perfect, but in politics i guess we are not allowed to be less than perfect.
I wish the old "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" (change sin to perfection) be applied to campaigning. When you tattle tell on someone they well respond with a tattle tale of their own, and it just goes on and on.