Time for a bit of factual humor from the 1950's  

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3/3/2006 10:21 pm

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Time for a bit of factual humor from the 1950's


In That's Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little-Known Events and Forgotten Heroes by: Thomas Ayres (Taylor Trade, 2000) there is a chapter entitled "My Dishonorable Opponent." In it, Ayres includes many examples of political mudslinging, including this one--

In the creative category, one of the strangest campaigns ever waged was the one by George Smathers against Claude Pepper for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 1950. In his campaign speeches, Smathers began referring to Pepper as "a known extrovert." He spat out the words with such disdain, many in his audiences assumed the worst of Pepper. While Pepper was trying to figure out how to respond, Smathers revealed that his opponent's sister was "a thespian." He then accused Pepper's brother of being "a practicing homo sapiens." He charged that while attending college, Pepper "matriculated on campus," and that he "engaged in celibacy" before he was married. Smathers won the election.

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