The next time you see a negative political ad — and the vast majority of effective political ads are negative, just like wrestling promos — imagine them in the voices of wrestlers. You’ll marvel at just how appropriate it still sounds. Political ads are wrestling promos but with less exposed flesh (usually).
Jackson scared so many people that a new political party — the Whigs — organized just to stop him. United only by hatred for Old Hickory, the Whigs were an awkward alliance of neo-Hamiltonians and hyper-Jeffersonian proto-secessionists. Party leader Henry Clay handpicked an aging war hero as their presidential candidate, and balanced the ticket with a running mate from the Whigs’ southern firebrand faction. Unfortunately for Clay, pneumonia killed William Henry Harrison after just one month in office, so Vice-President John Tyler (1841–45) of the psychotically proslavery faction became Commander in Chief. A diehard Jeffersonian, Tyler kept vetoing every neo-Hamiltonian bill Clay rammed through Congress. In frustration, the Whigs disowned him — “read him out of the party,” in the parlance of the day. Tyler remains the only president kicked out of his own political party while in office. Hoping to stay in office, he crawled back to the Democrats, but Jackson (retired, but still alive) and his cronies rebuffed him. Desperate to claim some kind of legacy, Tyler as a lame duck persuaded Congress to admit Texas (then an independent country) as a new slave state.