Enter Alexander Hamilton, the de facto Federalist leader who could have been the Federalist presidential nominee had he not been born outside the country (not Kenya), and whose dislike of Jefferson was trumped only by an almost pathological hatred for Burr, his longtime New York political rival. Hamilton recognized the sordid takeover maneuver was ill-advised, concluding that the nation was better off with Jefferson than Burr. (Think Karl Rove endorsing Barack Obama.) Hamilton arranged for a friendly Delaware Federalist who controlled the state's single vote to switch. On the 36th ballot, Hamilton got his wish — Jefferson became president. Two years later, Burr got his revenge, shooting and killing Hamilton in a duel.