The media is already obsessing about the negativity of the 2012 campaign.
My colleague Bill O'Reilly recently said:
"...this presidential campaign...is going to be the most media intensive vicious propaganda-filled hate fest that we've ever seen."
But these types of statements have defined every election cycle for years. People always claim the mudslinging is worse than ever.
President Obama said it seemed:
"...a return to civility is not possible. Like the very idea is a relic of a bygone era."
A relic of a bygone era? Obama and O'Reilly are just wrong.
In 1800, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson tore each other to shreds. What if they had TV attack ads? This ad used actual quotes from the time. Jefferson and his supporters called Adams a, "blind, bald, crippled, toothless man," while Jefferson was referred to as a, "mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."
Twenty years later, Andrew Jackson's wife was referred to as a bigamist for not being formally divorced from her first husband before marrying Jackson. Grover Cleveland was smeared for allegedly fathering a child out of wedlock. Lyndon Johnson's "Daisy" ad implied Barry Goldwater would start a nuclear war if elected.
Civil campaigns are not a ‘thing of the past.' They never existed.
It makes me wonder what my own ad would look like.
I'll show you more on my show tonight at 10 p.m. on FBN.