Mud-slinging Mayoral Campaigns

Demonizing your opponent has been a constant in America since its creation, even at the local level.  While we are unlikely to see the “communist” label attached to any of this year’s mayoral candidates, it was a ready tool used against Hubert Humphrey during the 1945 campaign when he was first elected mayor.  For the 1947 campaign, by which time it was clear Humphrey was not a communist, opponents resorted to describing him as merely callow and incompetent.  The lower image certainly got one thing right: Hubert Humphrey certainly could talk.