December 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

In the creative category, one of the strangest campaigns ever waged was the one by George Smathers against Claude Papper for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 1950. In his campaign speeches, Smathers began by 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. -- Thomas Ayres

From the book "That's Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little Known Events" Hat-tip: my biological brother via email

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at December 12, 2013 10:59 AM

As if we needed any evidence beyond the current placeholder at 1600 Pennsylvania that few candidates have ever lost an election due to underestimating the intelligence of the average American voter.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 12, 2013 11:52 AM

Hey Look, it's a vocabulary lesson for my children. Thanks JK!

This makes me think of articles I have seen explaining the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide.

Posted by: dagny at December 12, 2013 12:30 PM

Ilya Somin, call your office!

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2013 12:47 PM | What do you think? [3]