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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Other American Political Strangeness. by tucsonmike on 29 October 2006 3:56am
I am enjoying my $2 bargain in Bookmans, Lincoln and the Russians. This had nothing to do with Iraq, so did not want to post it there.

It is pieces of the dispatches of the Russian Ambassador to the United States between 1850 and 1869. He had inside information few had because apparently Eduard Stoeckel was well liked. I bring this up, because it shows how strange politics can be.
For example, President Lincoln's predescesor, James Buchanan. In school, I was taught he was the do nothing who allowed the country to slide into civil war. Turns out, he was nominated in 1856, when he was in England as our Ambassador. He was nominated, because he was not involved in Democratic Party fights.

He did every other job in his life well, but was clearly over his head as President. Why did he not do anything about slavery? The following year, the Supreme Court ruled on a case basically saying a black man was not really a man.
It is called the Dred Scott decision.

Buchanan basically saw it as the Supreme Court got him off the hook. Of course, he did so poorly he was not renominated in 1860 (much to his relief). His parting words to Lincoln at Lincoln's inauguration? "If you are as happy accepting the Presidency as I am leaving it, you are indeed a happy man." With that, he turned on his heel and walked away.

The book Lincoln and the Russians is great insight into what happened.

Why do I bring it up? Because politics can be strange and whe you bring the personalities into it?


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