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People have said that this is an ugly campaign so far. I don't believe it's been so bad--and have been of the opinion that the attacks so far have been rather feeble. But feeble though they may be, they're just getting warmed up.
The difference in this campaign--assuming that Barack Obama gets the Democratic nomination--is that the attacks will be steadily more personal and petty. Outside a perception that Obama's experience is lacking, the only other thing they have to throw at him is innuendo. We've seen that with the pictures of Obama in African dress, and allegations that he's a Trojan Horse Muslim. We've seen it in the attacks on his patriotism over flag lapel pins and the national anthem/pledge of allegiance non-stories.
And most ridiculously, attacks on his middle and last names. All of these things are just insulting to intelligent people. I can only hope that there aren't enough gullible voters out there who buy these loads of crap.
Obama slammed by speakers at McCain rally
Local conservative radio talk show host Bill Cunningham described Obama as "a hack Chicago Daley-style politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you -- all you're going to have in your pocket is change," he said. [snip]
"At some point in the near future the media ... is going to peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama," he said. "At some point the media will quit taking sides in this thing and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they cover Bush, the same way they cover Cheney, and same way they cover every Republican."
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