Hoping to prove that politics have always been dirty, Reason made these slick attack ads against Thomas Jefferson and James Madison based on actual statements made by their political opponents. Mostly, they prove that insults used to be way better.

Whatever you think of Reason's contrarian "attack ads are totally good for democracy, actually" stance, these are insult-comedy gold. Jefferson was "raised on hoe-cakes." Hoe-cakes! Abraham Lincoln was a "hatchet-faced nutmeg dealer"! Snap! History is the best!