Today, a Democratic PAC made claims about Romney’s role in a woman’s death that rated multiple Pinocchios. Earlier, the Romney claim that Obama is ending welfare rated a Pants on Fire. It is looking more and more as though it will be primarily negative campaigns on both sides, with claims being made that are transparently false to anyone who looks at them, but which are swallowed hook, line and sinker by true believers on both sides.
Knowing the history of presidential campaigns, one should not be surprised at how negative they can become. What is surprising, to me, that at a time when our economy is weak and we remain involved in a war in the Middle East, is the lack of substantive policy discussion or offerings. I don’t know if this is because both candidates are flawed, or if it is because neither side really has answers and they know it. Finally, the media is not living up to its role in pushing candidates for answers. The press have become stenographers, not journalists. Perhaps this will change after the nominations. Until then, this is awfully boring, even if it generates a lot of faux anger.