May 10, 2011

Speaking of undemocratic elections

John Quincy Adams, via Wikimedia
I just finished What Hath God Wrought, and it's worth remembering the election of 1824, the most undemocratic in American history, taken by John Quincy Adams with 30.9% of the popular vote, where the popular and electoral vote winner Andrew Jackson lost in the House of Representatives.  Henry Clay, the third place candidate and Speaker of the House, was no fan of Jackson and threw his support behind Adams, leading to the famous "corrupt bargain" charge.

Andrew Jackson won the next election, of course, and is distinguished by being one of the biggest assholes ever to hold high office.

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