We're definitely into the final stretch of this election cycle. And with Obama increasing his lead in the polls over McCain, the GOP is ready to pull out all the stops in the hopes of catching up.
Which, for the party of Karl Rove, means going negative and then MORE negative. Today they're already at it, with the Alaskan moose executioner accusing Barack Obama of "palling around with a terrorist", which in this case is a thoroughly debunked alleged association with a founder of the radical Weather Underground, Bill Ayers.
The main theme of the next thirty days is going to be a constant stream of GOP-generated lies, half-truths, and smears directed at the Obama campaign. McCain and the GOP knows at this point they won't win on the issues, so they'll throw everything they can in the wild hope that something sticks. For reference, simply check out the 2004 Swift boat ads, or the 2000 South Carolina Republican primary. Them guys LOVE it in the mud!
It's gonna get ugly. Count on it.
The thing about those tactics is it has the potential to backfire on them. If Sarah Palin keeps making those kinds of statements, she's going to continue to lose the luster that she enjoyed post-convention, and to a much lesser extent, immediately post-debate. She'll possibly start losing her base, which has largely given McCain his post-convention bump.
But they're getting desperate. And knowing that John McCain has absolutely no compunction against betraying any deeply held belief if it will win him the White House, we'll likely witness what may someday be referred to as the "dirtiest month in American political history".
I hope I'm wrong.