May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
No one really knows why, in 1928, Andrew Jackson supplanted Grover Cleveland on the $20 bill. It may be because that year was the centennial of Jackson’s election as president. Or perhaps it was because Congress, very much controlled by Republicans at the time, thought that honoring Old Hickory would be a harmless bipartisan gesture to the Democrats.
Anyway, while the reasons for Jackson’s appearance on the twenty are obscure, the arguments for his disappearance are explicit. In the mind of the party of which he once was patron saint, Andrew Jackson, the old Indian fighter and Manifest Destiny man, is now anathema. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, has introduced a bill to remove Jackson from the twenty and replace him with a woman; Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois has done the same in the House, and with these memorable words: “If this is a country that truly believes in equality, it is time to put our money where our mouths are, literally, and express that sense of justice and fairness on the most widely used bill
Truth to tell, The Scrapbook is generally indifferent to such matters. Our nation’s currency has tended to feature Founders and certified national heroes—Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, etc.—and in fact, The Scrapbook is just old enough to remember when there were dimes in circulation that did not feature Franklin D. Roosevelt. Times change, life goes on, reputations rise and fall, and The Scrapbook has never found it necessary to count how many men, women, Republicans, Democrats, German-Americans, or transgendered persons are featured on bills and coins.
On the other hand, on those rare occasions when Congress has risen up to demand statistical balance—the Susan B. Anthony dollar comes to mind—the project has been an embarrassing failure. For whatever reason, Americans tend to be creatures of habit, and as proponents of the metric system and the Sacagawea dollar coin can attest, we often resist attempts to impose what Rep. Gutiérrez calls “justice and fairness” in realms of life where such terms don’t apply.
Nor is this tempest in a teapot without irony. A left-wing organization called Women On 20s has taken the lead in publicly excoriating Jackson and demanding his replacement with someone from its own list of candidates. But of course, up until very recently, Jackson was the great hero of the Democratic party: The champion of what some might call “everyday Americans” in his time, Jackson was the sworn enemy of bankers and aristocrats, a proponent of the Union and strong central government, and the subject of an Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. hagiography (The Age of Jackson, 1945) before Schlesinger discovered the Kennedys. All across America, state Democratic parties would kick off their campaigns with Jackson
Now, in the manner of the old Soviet encyclopedia, Women On 20s has rendered Jackson a nonperson, and its list of nominees is a tale in itself: Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Wilma Mankiller. Anyone detect a trend? One environmentalist, one abortion advocate, two career feminists, one Indian “activist,” one Democratic cabinet member, one Democratic first lady, three Democratic congresswomen—and so on and so on.
A tribute, as it were, to the philistinism of the left. For if it were up to The Scrapbook, we would save the expense and leave poor Jackson alone. And yet, why must the honor be reserved for politicians? A $20 bill featuring, say, Mary Cassatt or Emily Dickinson or Maria Mitchell or Leontyne Price or Willa Cather seems more appealing to us. Especially, of course, since Willa Cather was a Republican.
11:40 AM, Nov 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New Hampshire Senate race could go either way, with Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen locked in a dead heat with Republican challenger Scott Brown. A pair of polls show both candidates with their own one-point lead, and the Real Clear Politics average of polls has Shaheen with less than a point advantage.
6:52 PM, Nov 1, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the final days of a close Senate race, the New Hampshire Republican party is running Facebook ads tying Democrat Jeanne Shaheen to amnesty for illegal immigrants. The party has four ads that calls out the "Obama-Shaheen immigration plan" and claims Republican challenger Scott Brown will "fight for our jobs."
"New Hampshire workers need jobs," reads one ad. "But the Obama-Shaheen immigration plan takes them away."
"The Obama-Shaheen immigration bill slashes wages, spikes unemployment and shrinks the middle class," reads another.
1:08 PM, Nov 1, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen told reporters Friday that issues regarding national security and the threat from Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS don't "come up very often" when she campaigns across New Hampshire.
At an event in Claremont, a reporter asked Shaheen about how issues of national security resonate in New Hampshire, given how both James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the Americans murdered by ISIS in the Middle East, have connections to the state.
9:21 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown took issue with Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen's characterization of the American military operations in the Middle East as an "occupying force" in the two candidates' final debate Thursday evening. The New Hampshire politicians were debating the use of U.S. troops against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.
"I don't think we want tens of thousands of American troops as an occupying force for sixty years, as we've had in Korea," Shaheen said.
1:41 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren praised her fellow Senate colleague Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday's episode of The View, saying the New Hampshire Democrat is "working hard for the people of Vermont."
Shaheen, Warren said, is "the only woman in the history of the United States who has been both a governor and a senator, and independent and out there working for the people of Vermont." Watch the video below:
2:39 PM, Oct 26, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire couldn't hold back at her debate with Republican challenger Scott Brown. While Brown was giving his closing remarks at a forum in Manchester Sunday, Shaheen interrupted him, eliciting boos from GOP partisans in the crowd.
"She's voting against small business 100 percent of the time, by having a 'zero' rating from the National Federation of Independent Businesses," Brown said, adding that the group had endorsed him.
"A Koch Brothers-funded organization," said a visibly annoyed Shaheen, speaking over the Republican.
2:59 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the New Hampshire Senate race from Suffolk University finds Republican challenger Scott Brown within three points of Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. According to the poll of likely voters, Shaheen has 49 percent support to Brown's 46 percent support. Shaheen's job approval/disapproval rating is an even split at 46 percent. Brown's favorable and unfavorbale ratings are 39 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
3:29 PM, Oct 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new set of polls from High Point University and SurveyUSA have good news Republican candidates for Senate in Colorado, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. The polls of likely voters in all three swing states found Republicans in good positions against incumbent Democrats with just weeks to go before the election.
8:01 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
America is “at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends,” said Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon. In a speech at St. Anselm College near Manchester, Brown described the chaos that’s broken out across the world over the last year or so. Unrest in Ukraine with an aggressive and assertive Russia. Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons threatening America’s ally of Israel.
11:22 AM, Sep 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown highlights the Republican's message of "restoring America's leadership in the world." The ad criticizes Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen and President Barack Obama for being "confused about the nature of the threat" from radical Islamist groups like ISIS.
"Not me," Brown says. Watch the 30-second spot below:
6:49 PM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic senator from New Hampshire, leads her likely Republican challenger Scott Brown by just three points in a new poll commissioned by American Crossroads. The conservative super PAC's poll of likely New Hampshire voters was conducted at the end of August. John DiStaso has more details:
8:20 AM, Aug 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is hitting her likely opponent for the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown, in a new TV ad over the Republican's ties to "Big Oil"—even while Shaheen invests in energy companies herself.
The 30-second spot from Shaheen's campaign says Brown, while representing Massachusetts in the Senate, voted to give companies in the oil industry "$20 billion in taxpayer subsidies."