THE ELECTION OF 1840
King Matty he sat in his "big White House,"
A curling his whiskers fine,
And the Globe man, Blair, sat by his side.
A drinking his champaigne wine, wine, wine.
A drinking his champaigne wine.
IN 1840 the Democracy generally accepted Van Buren as its candidate without serious question. Jackson unhesitatingly spoke of Van Buren "Eight Years" in his correspondence with Blair. The faith of the latter was strengthened by that of Jackson, who believed in the ultimate sound judgment of the people.
However optimistic the forces of the administration became, moments of despondency gripped them at Washington. The period seemed to be one of seesaw in the waxing and waning of political strength. There were times when the whole Democracy looked as if it were tumbling down to utter ruin. Ambitious deserters and dissatisfied Democrats threatened ominously. The Globe was sued for libel, and although acquitted, the editor must have spent many anxious hours. Van Buren wavered in the anti- Bank policy when he caused Blair to permit Poinsett to write a conciliatory article on the Bank for the Globe. The situation was extremely troublesome. The adept "Magician," Van Buren, failed to see around the curves of his tortuous path. Blair tried to produce harmony within the party by deftly striking the keys of his administration organ while Jackson sang and the President turned the music.1
Harmony and unity were uppermost in the editor's mind. He reassuringly wrote Jackson that the "President holds the reins you left in his hands with firmness and guides with skill and I____________________