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12 Classic Political Insults

09/03/2011 09:35 am ET | Updated Nov 03, 2011

Think partisan name-calling has reached new lows? Actually, mudslinging is a tradition as old as the republic, right up there with baseball and apple pie. The Founding Fathers were no strangers to the well-aimed political slur. What's more, style and content have held remarkably steady through the centuries.

While researching "Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics," I discovered that although the details change with each election cycle, the overall themes-corruption, incompetence, extremism, warmongering, ignorance, wasting taxpayer money-tend to stay the same.

Here are a dozen mudslinging classics from earlier American eras. With a little tweaking, most could still work today.

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