presidential ambitions

anonymous asked:

What was relationship between Burr and Jefferson?

In 1791, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison decided to take a trip–to New York State and to part of New England. Jefferson and Madison claimed they were traveling on a botany excursion; Jefferson was also interested in studying the Hessian fly. The trip was political as well as scientific. In the brief time together in New York City–Jefferson stayed on Beekman Street and the two Virginians met with New York chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Philip Freneau and, Aaron Burr. It would be the first time that the two of them met. 

June, 1795 in the fall, Aaron Burr called at Monticello, leading to Federalist charges that the two men had “planned and approved” the Republican agenda in the ensuing Congress. It had been a brief visit on the mountaintop, only a single day. However the few hours they had spent together, Jefferson and Burr were to be intimately linked for the new dozen years–first as allies, then as foes. Burr proved to be an invaluable to the Jeffersonian cause–until the Election of 1800. 

By August, 1796 the papers were already reporting, “to inform you that the people of the state, of every description, express a wish that you should be the new President of the United States, and Mr. Burr, Vice President.” By the time the election did roll around, Jefferson and Burr were running as a duo for President (Jefferson) and Vice President (Burr). In the end, presidential ambitions stood over Burr as he attempted to climb to the Presidency. There is no evidence that Burr considered betraying Jefferson, but Jefferson soon came to believe that his running mate was an unreliable and undesirable ally. 

“The dread now,” a correspondent wrote Republican John Breckinridge in late December 1800, “is that Jefferson and Burr are equal as the vote of the electors, and that Burr will be preferred by the Eastern states, not because they think him really the most capable, but because Jefferson is the choice of the people… and their will shall not prevail; this certainly would be a wicked and contrary disposition in them. But what will they not do or attempt?” 

By the last Sunday in December 1800, the votes were all in. They came to Jefferson as president of the Senate. It was a tie. 

Once an ally, Burr not posed a possible threat. It would prove the 1800 election as another part to Burr’s challenging Alexander Hamilton to duel a few years later. Hamilton understood that “Jefferson is to be preferred” over Burr, “He is by far not so dangerous a man; and he had pretensions to character.” Jefferson, Hamilton noted, “is as likely as any man I know to temporize–to calculate what will be likely to promote his own reputation and advantage; and the probable result of such a temper is the preservation of systems, though originally opposed, which being once established, could not be overturned without danger to the person who did it.” By the end of March 1801, Jefferson was the third president of the United States, and his relationship with Burr was strained greatly. 

Burr had become a seemingly uncontrollable political actor in the Republican party. It was partly due to the Republican’s belief that Burr had not energetically shut down Federalist efforts to use Burr to deny Jefferson victory in 1800-1801, and partly because of the complications of the New York state politics–Burr represented just one faction–Jefferson chose to thwart Burr’s ambitions once the Presidential contest of settled. Burr was proving an ever more elusive and daunting political force. 

On Thursday, January 26th, 1804, Burr called on Jefferson at the President’s House. After the electoral college tie, the two men had had little contact in their first term, and Jefferson was determined to keep him off the ballot in 1804. As Burr told his story, he cast himself in the warmest and best of lights. He was, he was saying, the humblest and most honest of men. Burr knew that he was under attack privately and publicly. Jefferson reported that Burr had said “many little stories had been carried to him, and he supposed to me also, which, he despised, but that attachments must be reciprocal or cease to exist, and therefore he asked if any change had taken place in mine towards him: that he had chosen to have this conversation with myself directly and not through any intermediate agent.” Burr was willing to stand down, he said, but to do so he needed Jefferson help: and appointment of some kind. Jefferson’s reply was maddening. The president disclaimed any role in electioneering. He said he could do nothing for Burr. 

Seven months later, after Hamilton was shot dead in a duel with Aaron Burr, he was indicted for murder both by a coroner’s jury in New York and by a grand jury in New Jersey. The vice president escaped both states in late July. For Jefferson, the problem of Aaron Burr was just beginning, for on Monday, August 6th, 1804–not quite a month after Hamilton’s death–Anthony Merry told Burr wanted to “effect a separation of the western part of the United States from that which lies between the Atlantic and the mountains in its whole extent.”

For his second term, Jefferson got George Clinton to take the place of Burr as his running mate. Saturday, March 2nd, 1805 before Jefferson’s second inauguration, Burr left the capital city and others thought him done with political life for good. 

By 1806, the autumn brought news that Aaron Burr was making trouble. Since the duel, Burr had set out on a Wanderjahr. He traveled West and rumors had him variously plotting to convince some states to seceded and form a western empire or planning an independent strike against Mexico. “Burr is unquestionably very actively engaged in the Westward in the preparations to sever that from this part of the Union,” Jefferson wrote in November 1806. The former vice president allegedly was recruiting men, stocking arms, and building boats. Jefferson heard nothing to alleviate his concerns. November 27th, 1806, Jefferson was worried enough to issue a proclamation warning that “sundry persons,” including “citizens of the United States,” were conspiring and confederating together” to take over Spanish holdings. Incriminating papers soon emerged and Jefferson forwarded them to Congress in January 1807. 

Jefferson pursued Burr unapologetically. He did so less out of personal ambition of jealousy–since the killing of Hamilton, Burr could pose no threat within the traditional political system. In his report on Burr to Congress on Thursday, January 22nd, 1807, Jefferson took the extraordinary step of declaring that his former vice president’s “guilt is placed beyond question”. By late March, Burr was under arrest. Jefferson paid close attention to the proceedings. Burr was brought to Richmond for the trial where John Marshall presided over the courtroom set up in the Eagle Tavern. Jefferson took an obsessive interest in the case, gathering information and advising the prosecution counsel. 

Burr was indicted for treason, the weaknesses of the case against him grew evident as the trial progressed. Burr’s eventual acquittal enraged the president. Jefferson thought, perhaps, outrage over the Burr verdict could be channeled into a constitutional amendment making judges more accountable to the public. Jefferson and Burr would never see one another or work together, ever again. 

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It’s fair to say that Bobby and Lyndon Johnson had a complicated relationship. Bobby was not initially in favor pf having LBJ as Jack’s running mate –he worried about whether anyone had been running so hard for the seat himself could suppress his own presidential ambitions so quickly. And I don’t think either of them ever felt warmth or trust toward each other. Truth was, Bobby’s close relationship with Jack prevented Johnson from ever really getting close to Jack as he would have been had Bobby not been in the picture. It was, in my opinion, a classic “three’s a crowd” scenario. But even though there was no love lost between Bobby and LBJ, I wouldn’t go as far as to call them bitter and implacable enemies, as some have suggested. Johnson was capable of kindness toward my brother, and courtesy, and political support. Toward me, Johnson was consistently solicitous and friendly. I liked him and always got along with him very well.

Still, I know that there were times that Johnson tried to play Bobby off against me, which is bizarre, since there was no way that a Kennedy would side with an outsider against another Kennedy. With all of his political acuity, I would have thought he’d understand that. Nevertheless, Johnson never learned it and never gave up trying. “I love Teddy and Sarge is great,” he used to say. “Now what is with this strange fellow Bobby? Why is he so difficult?” Bobby cut right to the heart of the matter. “Why does Lyndon fear me so much, for chrissakes?” he said once. “He’s the president of the United States and I’m the junior senator from New York!”

-Edward M. Kennedy (True Compass)

Modern Frozen AU where Anna and Elsa grow up as very wealthy debutantes in Georgia. Their father is a popular politician with presidential ambitions.

When she’s about 13, Elsa figures out that she likes girls and starts pulling away from her family because she’s afraid of being rejected.

In her senior year of high school, she is caught kissing another girl and the school threatens to expell her ad she starts getting picked on pretty badly. She leaves and runs away to San Francisco.

Anna, tired of the way people are talking about her sister, packs up her backpack full of stuff, steals her parents gold card and heads for the west coast.

The story that follows is Elsa’s sexual exploration in a city that is so open and accepting, while Anna tries to handle a cross-country trip by catching trains, hitchhiking and sleeping in motels. 

Along the way, she meets Kristoff, who works for a cross-country delivery service with his dog Sven. He pulls over to yell at her for hitchhiking, is she some kind of idiot, and she manages to talk him into taking her to California.

Kristoff is bi and knows some of the best clubs in San Francisco and after Anna accidently crashes his truck, he agrees to show her around.

While they go from club to club looking for Elsa, Anna starts to learn about a whole new way to live.


Kentucky Senator Rand Paul responds to a question regarding his Presidential ambitions for 2016.

makingartoutofscience  asked:

Could you link that article about Hillary Clinton's lack of political courage? Sounds like it sums up one of my main issues with her as a politician. It's why I was so disappointed to hear that the Human Rights Campaign endorsed her. Like, c'mon now, she only started supporting your cause when it had gained so much traction already, even on the political scene.

Hillary’s Iraq Vote Lacked Courage, Not Judgment

The decision to go to war in Iraq was a major failure of judgment by the Bush administration and the people who implemented the war. But the Democrats in the House and Senate who had to choose how to vote were not really facing a test of judgment. They were facing a test of political courage. And pretty much every single one of them who had presidential ambitions failed it miserably, including Senator Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is an extremely intelligent woman. She’s capable of understanding complex issues in great detail. I do not for one second believe that she was somehow ‘fooled’ by George W. Bush into actually believing the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. I do not for one second believe her judgment failed her when it came time for that vote.


That’s why so many of us were drawn to Barack Obama in 2008. Because when the chips were down and you had to have enough faith in your own judgment that it would be vindicated in the end and had to have enough courage to stand up and do the right thing, they did.

Hillary Clinton didn’t.

That’s the single biggest reason I was opposed to her candidacy in 2008 and it’s still the single biggest reason I’m opposed to her candidacy today. When push comes to shove and it’s her political career at stake, Hillary Clinton doesn’t lack judgment. She lacks courage.

That’s why she stayed silent on gay marriage until 2013.

That’s why she won’t say no to Super PACs and billionaire donors.

That’s why she won’t oppose capital punishment.

That’s why she won’t push for universal health care anymore.


Does this issue [of voting for the Iraq war] still matter? Hell yes it does.It was one of those critical moments when the character and judgment of so many of our political leaders was laid bare for all to see. Bernie followed his convictions and had the courage to oppose the war. Hillary Clinton and too may other establishment Democrats did not.

This is something that I could have written myself (and I wish I had), because it sums up very clearly why I don’t believe a single thing Hillary Clinton says when she pretends to care about the things that Bernie Sanders has been fighting for his entire career.