Murray Kempton once wrote that everything is known about the Mafia except whether it exists. I feel the same way about the great wave of racism and rage detected at McCain-Palin rallies by bloggers and pundits.
People vote far more on symbolism than fact. As the last few weeks have brought into critical focus, if you put disinformation out there as if it had credibility, it will be treated by the public as if it were real.
The McCain campaign has become nothing less than a well-financed whisper campaign -- a desperate, dishonorable tabloid operation on the same level as the thoroughly debunked trolls who spread lies via forwarded e-mails.