I was driving home today listening to a talk show about the leadership race in the Liberal Party of Canada. One guest, a pollster, said it all depended on whether a certain candidate had "electricity." I had to wonder if, back in the 1840s, pollsters talked about candidates having "electricity."
A few minutes later a political science professor was on saying that if the new Liberal leader was going to win, he'd have to convince voters to think about their unifying interests and not just the sectional interests that divided them.
Sure enough, I was driving through the 1840s. I should have known this was possible when the Know-Nothing Party revived.