More filler from the Whig songbook:
What would be thought of the morality of the Democratic party if it should take this odious, this detestable administration by the hand, or admit it into its council?
— Washington Globe.
Why, under such circumstances, we would think of the “morality” of the party pretty much as we think of John Tyler’s conscience, John Jones’ brains, Amos Kendall’s gratitude. Van Buren’s candour, Buchanan’s Democracy, Dick Johnson’s incorruptibility, and Calhoun’s chances for the succession.
— Louisville Journal
The odious, detestable administration is that of John Tyler.
The Washington Globe was edited by Francis Preston Blair, the guy who gave us Blair House and Silver Spring, Maryland. A very influential editor. The Globe had published Lewis Cass’s “Texas Letter.”
John Tyler’s conscience forced him to veto Whig bills on the grounds that he felt them unconstitutional. John Jones could mean Speaker of the House John Winston Jones of Virginia (a Democratic-Republican), but more likely means John Beauchamp Jones, editor of the Madisonian, the official organ of the Tyler administration. Amos Kendall, editor of The Argus of Western America, had switched allegiance from Henry Clay to Andrew Jackson. Martin Van Buren, “the Little Magician,” had a reputation for slickness that would have made Tricky Dick Nixon look trustworthy. Marty Van’s symbolic animal in political cartoons was a fox. Ten Cent Jimmy Buchanan was a man of … fluid loyalties. He was both pro and anti slavery, pro and anti expansion, pro tariff and also pro free trade. When Johnson was chair of the Expenditures Committee he awarded contracts to his own brother. Calhoun … what shall we say of Calhoun? Calhoun never did become president. Or even get nominated. Calhoun had resigned from the vice-presidency in order to run for the Senate from South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis.
The Louisville Daily Journal was edited by George D. Prentice, a New Englander who had come to Kentucky in order to write a biography of Henry Clay. It was a Whig newspaper. (Eventually the Daily Journal merged with The Morning Courier to become today’s The Courier-Journal.)
Tomorrow: A Sittin’ on a Tree.