extravagant commendation is sure to produce a reaction, sooner or later.
The newspaper-correspondents who bedaubed him with flattery, who described his person and features with the minuteness of a passport, who chronicled all his movements, who named him the Young Napoleon
,--he being of the same age as the Emperor
was at the date of the battle of Austerlitz
,--were moved by a friendly spirit, mingled with that hero-worship which is so decided an American trait; but they were doing him any thing but a kindness.
Indeed, they were playing directly into the hands of his enemies and ill-wishers, political and personal.
Nor was this all. General McClellan
was as little of a politician as a citizen of the United States
well can be. The subject of politics had never occupied his mind.
His time and attention had been wholly given to the duties of his profession while he remained in the army, and afterwards to the duties of his business.
It had so happened that he had never but once, since reaching the legal age, been in a position to exercise the right of voting.
But he had opinions upon the political issues of the time; and these opinions were not those of the party into whose hands the people had committed the government of the country; and the only time he had ever voted was in the memorable contest in Illinois
between Mr. Lincoln
and Mr. Douglas
, when he had preferred the latter; but in our country, sooner or later, every thing is swept into the gulf of polities; and thus General McClellan