John McCain traces the rancorous tone of the presidential campaign back to
last summer when he invited Barack Obama to have lots and lots of town-hall
meetings with him all around the country. When Obama turned him down, obviously
McCain had no choice but to start depicting his opponent as a terrorist-loving
advocate of talking dirty to kindergarteners.
It really seems that McCain-Palin are black-painting pots...do they really want us to bring up every association in their past? Obama-Biden have been diplomatic by bringing up Charles Keating alone. The blogs are doing their job for them, which is probably a good thing given the public's lack of appetite for negative campaigning...but a lot of these associations (with wacko religious nuts, Iran-contra supporters, anti-semitics, and Alaska secessionists) are not making the mainstream news.