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Monday, November 04, 2002

Don't Even Ask

Top 100 American speeches of the 20th century, and the accompanying press release. Hmm, no mention of Sally Field's "You like me". And what about Jack Palance and the one-armed push-ups? All politics.

And for those of you fretting about the current deplorable state of partisanship, here is a laugh-out-loud historical review. A highlight:

"The 1828 campaign reached depths of malice that have never been equaled. The Jackson campaign nicknamed Adams "The Pimp," based on a rumor that the president, while serving as ambassador to Russia a decade earlier, had coerced a young woman into an affair with a czar. One pro-Adams publication railed: "General Jackson's mother was a COMMON PROSTITUTE brought to this country by British soldiers! She afterward married a MULATTO MAN, with whom she had several children, of which number General Jackson IS ONE!!" '

Nathan Newman had a bit on this, but whoa, Nellie!

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