THE FALL OF THE Globe
As we had made our means by the support of the Democracy, we [ Blair and Rives] were willing to devote them to the cause.
-- BLAIR TO JACKSON.
THE election of 1840 proved to be an overwhelming defeat for Van Buren. "Little Van" was so much "a used up man" that the electoral vote stood 234 to 60 in favor of Harrison. The scorn which the Democratic party poured out on the Whigs had changed to fear, to anger, and then to distress, before the election had closed. The Globe had explained confidently that Harrison was a "man of straw, stuck on a pole, not to frighten, but to attract the Abolition birds of prey in the North" and to tickle the South, especially Virginia. Tyler was considered a mere catspaw to gather a few chestnuts for Federalism in the South. After the election the Globe greeted the victors with charges of stupendous frauds, of profiting by the influence of English capitalists, and of having a puppet who was to be governed by Webster and Clay.1
The presidential party which left Cincinnati for Washington was described as a parade which satisfied the vanity and stirred the ego of Harrison. The trip became a progress of speech-making, whether the President traveled on a splendid steamer fitted for the occasion or traveled in military array accompanied by music and firing of cannon. Abolitionists, friends of the Bank, and expectant job-hunters applauded the triumphant march. "How different this from the course of the real hero--the brave and magnanimous Jackson! He left the Hermitage without a speech making display --passed on quietly by the nearest route to Washington--and surprised the people" by presenting himself at Gadsby's as a private____________________