The other day Joel wrote: "John McCain is running a dishonorable campaign." That is as may be. I haven't seen the McCain ad hitting Obama for supposedly touting sex-ed for kindergartners, but I'm comfortable with endorsing Ross Douthat's assessment at the Atlantic: "(T)he sex-ed ad... feels more appropriate to a failing, flailing right-wing campaign than a confident, rising conservative ticket."
Lest anyone still labor in the belief Obama is too righteous to descend into the mire, his campaign today released a new ad slamming McCain for being such an old, out-of-touch Luddite that he doesn't even know how to use e-mail.
The ad is the first salvo from the new, really gloves-off, get-tough Obama campaign. You can watch the spot here. Reports the AP: "Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," (Obama spokesman David) Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."
Maybe McCain could stand a tutorial on cutting-edge technology issues, but he can sound Web savvy when he needs to. The Obama ad simply and cruelly hits below the belt. Not unlike the Viet Cong. Ahem.
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
Goldberg remarks: "I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways."
We're deep into the filth now. The race is tightening in battleground states. Sarah Palin is not the pushover that Democratic partisans had hoped she would be. It seems more and more likely that this election will be decided on the question of which ticket is less nauseating. I wouldn't presume to make a prediction this far out. We're deep in the filth... and going deeper.