Obama and Clinton Are Lightweights

You Call That Nasty Campaigning?

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While people from Bill Clinton to The Weekly Standard seem to be enjoying the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama dogfight, there are those who always worry about the tone of American politics.

Please. As I've written before, fans of politics know that U.S. history isn't just about mudslinging and verbal abuse, but also about physical beat-downs.

For another great set of reminders, check out U.S. News & World Report's special, Great Moments in Campaign History. Sure, it's got a lot of high points and funny stuff (Abraham Lincoln saying, "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"), but I'm a big fan of the Down and Dirty section, in particular the rehash of the election of 1800. For those who choose to wear historical blinders and long for those golden days when men of ideals debated fairly in the public square, consider this. The Connecticut Courant claimed that if the country elected Thomas Jefferson, "Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will all be openly taught and practiced."

How's that for fair and balanced?
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