Quite strong words, Tom.
Are we going to get these invectives instead of reasoning untill november?
I remember Kerry four years ago.
A very mediocre candidate of course, but all the Bush camp could come up with, was a smear campaign and some accusations of an alleged lack of leadership.
From Bush's point of view, that was a very smart thing to do. The legacy of his first four years was disastrous, so it was much wiser to talk about vague things like 'leadership' (evidence for it is mainly based on impression, like beauty it's in the eye of the beholder).
So from Bush's point of view it was understandable, but I was surprised that so many Americans adopted his tactics: most of his supporters compulsively repeated the elements from the smear campain and bragged about George W's leadership.
So this time around the most probable Democratic candidate is a 'power hungry bitch' with a 'womanizing, perjured, impeached husband' ...
Personally I have no preference yet for one of the candidates.
I prefer reasoning to smear campaigns and a policy of accusations.
Thus far Clinton seems a tiny bit more rational than Obama, who is in the first place being emotional.
On the Republican front, McCain seems the most reasonable man.