Randolph was a slave-owning elegantly dressed ‘fashionista’, described by one author as “The most notorious American political curmudgeon of his time”. That may be putting it kindly. John Randolph specialized in what the Romans called the “Argumentum Ad Hominem” or the ‘argument against the man’. As a verbal tool it allows the speaker to change the subject, and tar a political position with the alleged sins of one of its advocates, thus forcing advocates to defend themselves, not what they stand for. And if that method of attack sounds familiar, it is confirmation of the connection between Randolph’s ideological bloodline and its present practitioners, like Karl Rove.
Mr. Hollady "of the Globe" read the letter and did not dispatch the mare. Instead he immediatly filed the missave away without answering it, in the hope he said later that "the aberration was but temporary". It was not. Randolf died in May of 1833. And the letter concerning Mr. Randolf's visit from Satan, was used as proof of his insanity, break his final revision to his last will. It was a dramatic exit that,I am sure, Mr. Randolf would have approved of.
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