I clicked on this link over at Politico yesterday, as it was billed as “Tyler’s Grankid: Newt’s a ’jerk‘.” Who the hell is Tyler, I wondered? Surely not President John Tyler (1790-1862). Could anyone alive today really have a grandparent who was born in the eighteenth century?
Most Americans think Newt Gingrich is a jerk–that’s hardly news. It seems to me that the bigger headline should be that Tyler, who after all ran for Vice-President 172 years ago and became President in 1841 upon the death of William Henry Harrison, still has two living grandchildren! That’s some pretty solid DNA he passed on, for a dude who was referred to in campaign slogans limply as just, “Tyler too!”
Take that, Tippecanoe!