February 15 Presidential Losers: Lewis Cass and Martin van Buren
Lewis Cass and Martin van Buren, 1848
Martin van Buren
In 1848, Zachary Taylor was going to be a tough man to beat.In his own lifetime, he was compared to George Washington and Andrew Jackson, but the truth is, in terms of total yardage gained, his stats were better than those two combined.He soundly defeated Santa Anna and his Mexican army, driving them out of Texas once and for all. These days if Mexicans want to visit Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, they can get a green card or sneak in across the river the way God intended.Anyway.Remaining opposition divided on the slavery issue.Anti-slavery Democrats didn’t trust Cass and split to form the Free Soil Party, nominating former Presidential Loser and Wizard-of-Oz look-alike, Martin van Buren.The division didn’t do much to split the vote, however.War-Hero Taylor won handily with 163 electoral votes to Cass’ 127, and van Buren received – drum roll – ZERO!That’s right, no electoral votes whatsoever, making him the precise opposite of George Washington who was elected by unanimous acclamation, van Buren was rejected by unanimous acclamation.