In honor of Election Day, via Joe Carter at the esteemed Acton Institute Power Blog [why just have a blog when you can have a power blog?]:
Friend of the blog JMS adds:
Good reminder that presidential and partisan party politics was hardly civil back in the "good ol' days."
"Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father." As the slurs piled on, Adams was labeled a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant, while Jefferson was branded a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward."