So this week, if you spent any time reading about the primary election process that will eventually (we think!) yield a Republican nominee for president, you probably encountered some concern about how the season has descended into a trench of negative campaigning. There are concerns that all the negative attacks will deflate GOP morale, and reporters are spending more and more time asking voters if all the mud being thrown is keeping them from the polls. John McCain, the Arizona senator and Mitt Romney surrogate, decried the vicious turn, lamenting to the Boston Herald thusly:
“It’s the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks ... it should have stopped long ago. Any utility from the debates has been exhausted, and now it’s just exchanging cheap shots and personal shots followed by super PAC attacks.”
McCain said that bearing witness to all of this was like "watching a Greek tragedy," referencing all of Sophocles' important plays about super PACs. But what is McCain talking about? I have it on good authority -- the candidates' own words -- that they would never even dream of going negative! I am quite sure of this. Rick Santorum said he was not going to engage in "mudslinging." Gingrich encouraged voters to "send a signal they were sick of negative politics." Mitt Romney said that he was "not a bomb-thrower." And Ron Paul, I distinctly recall, said that he didn't like "the demagoging or the distortion."
So it's hard to believe that after saying all of that, that these fine gentlemen would just go back on their word and start -- hold on ... What's that Huffington Post Video Editor Hunter Stuart? You say that you've got one of your patented video mashups that I should take a look at that might change my mind? Well then!
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