(A guest post from Chief Political Correspondent, Adam)
Democrats are worse than Republicans when it comes to negative campaigning, despite all their protestations that the Republicans like to take the low road. Quotes like this are ridiculous:
“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
The message out of the Obama camp is that the Republicans *will* use racism and other illegitimate tactics to steal the election. So the Republicans admittedly haven’t done anything wrong, but are nonetheless guilty of doing something that they haven’t done because their opponents say they might do it some time in the future. The accusation itself is a smear that accuses Republicans of a misdeed they didn’t commit, but worse is that Obama himself is playing the race card by insisting that he will be prejudiced against because he’s black and his middle name is Hussein. So he is actually engaging in the very practice that he’s accusing the Republicans of (not) resorting to.