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In the wake of the Supreme Court decision freeing up corporations to spend freely on political advertising campaigns one can only imagine the slander, innuendo, and deliberate misinformation will be getting worse — more diverse and numerous — right through Election Day in November. In Minnesota, it’s already begun as a shadowy smear campaign evidently intended to convince Minnesotans to stay home on caucus night, February 2, 2010 — especially if they’re thinking of supporting Minneapolis Mayor Raymond “R.T.”...

You remember Ms. Bachmann; she’s the 6th District Representative from Minnesota who went over the top talking to Chris Matthews of Hardball, calling for a return to McCarthyism. She went so far in her demagoguery that General Colin Powell singled her out in his remarks after his Meet the Press endorsement of Senator Obama‘s candidacy, as has been widely documented. Her remarks were so out of step with even her gerrymandered district that not only is her her Democratic challenger (Tinklenberg) suddenly awash in donations, her...

Here’s a list of responses to e-smears (loosely indexed) mainly from snopes, the mostrespected name in bunk control. Courtesy of Michael Martinson. Partial Index:Religion, Patriotism, Patriotic symbols (eg flag) – 1, 6, 7, 8 12, 14, 16, 19;Citizenship – 2, 33;Family background: 3,13, 16;Plane 14;Military 8;Writings racist? 4Foreign funding & campaign donations, 10, 20, 35;Massive liar? 16;Taxes 26, 34 Stand up for a new kind of Politics: 1. snopes.com: Who Is Barack Obama? E-mail describes Illinois senator Barack...

John McCain and Karl Rove’s experience suggests lies are effective campaign tools. It’s no wonder they and the pundits say Obama lacks experience. They think telling the truth is the modern political equivalent of Don Quixote tilting at windmills… This week John McCain’s campaign hit new lows with their attacks and distortions. McCain and his party attacked Senator Obama by, among other things, ridiculing the idea that keeping your car tires inflated is an effective way to insure fuel efficiency… Over the road truck...

In politics, old hands use mud-slinging & smear-mongering knowing an apology later doesn’t erase the first impression about taxes, or whatever… Is Senator McCain’s low-information, “talking points, not details” campaign style evidence that he’s been in DC too long – fighting the prior war? By avoiding details there’s only so much anybody can say about his plans with regard to taxes. He’s avoiding talking about Social Security, for instance, because politicizing it with details...

Imagine a hope-monger came across the following in a search log: “michelle obama” promiscuous So obviously somebody is looking for dirt. All a hope monger has to do is describe the tactic in a blog entry, and include a few keywords, and suddenly there is both more awareness — good press — and just “more to sort through” for those who seek to attack the Obamas. And the word promiscuous can have little or nothing to do with sexuality, obviously. Promiscuous, for instance, is a song recorded by Nelly...

“Yes, people ARE angry, and bitter, but Obama never said that they aren’t resilient, opitmistic or hard-working. Those are Hillary and McCain’s twisted words, and for them to stand up and suggest that rural Pennsylvanians aren’t fed up with the way things are, only reveals how out of touch they really are with at least this part of the country.” This is a great article from a woman who lives in Rural PA. Take a moment. Bittergate, people, isn’t about Obama being out of touch (how dare McCain think he...