The Election of 1800 and the Election of 2016

A few quick historical thoughts here.  Every time I turn on the television set I hear that American politics has reached an all-time low.  Rubio is now talking about Donald Trump’s spray-tan and the pee in his pants.  Trump is talking about Rubio’s apparent propensity for putting on makeup “with a trowel” and his infamous Poland Spring moment.

At one level, this is nothing new.  This video about the Election of 1800 makes the rounds during presidential election cycles:

But as far as I know, these derogatory remarks were made by newspaper editors and supporters of the candidates, not the candidates themselves.