Nasty political pinbacks



Collector's Weekly looks at the history of attack-pinbacks in politics. As a little kid, I remember finding an "Impeach the Cox Sacker" pinback in my big brother's desk. I had no idea what it meant at the time, but it was fun to say aloud. Wish I still had it!

Today, President Obama finally produced his long-form birth certificate, rendering this button (above, left), and a central complaint of presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign, obsolete. In 1968, candidate Richard Nixon promised to bring the troops home from Viet Nam. Two years later, as the war escalated, anti-Nixon forces accused the president of hypocrisy (above, right) in light of his religious background–Quakers are pacifists…

In 1980, Ted Kennedy's lost his bid for the White House due in no small part to his actions more than two decades earlier, when he drove his car off a road in Martha's Vineyard and left it underwater, with the body of a 28-year-old woman inside.

"Vicious Vintage Campaign Buttons"