Washington Post Okay, so the Democrats are participating in some sliming too. But largely their ads seem to be somewhat substantive, if extreme. There is a ton of stuff coming out of the GOP side that is, at best, an incredible twisting of the truth, and at worst, outright lies. I'm seeing it a lot even in political ads for local candidates here in Ohio. The little guys are learning it from the big guys. This whole slimefest raises a number of interesting questions, among which are: 1: What does this all say about the "character" and "morals" of the GOP candidates...or of the party in general? (And does the general public recognize this?) 2: Should we move all the more aggressively to curb "soft money" (which funds many of these "Paid for by the _____ National Committee" ads)? 3: Is any of this going to backfire, or do Democrats need to torque up their own ads in order just to compete? I think we'll find the answer to  in the days following Nov. 7th. As to the rest, I think the Democrats are doing a somewhat better job of pointing out the hypocrisy of the GOP "Christians" participating in this kind of sleazy character assassination. But I think they can still do a lot better. Their commercials need to ask, frequently and consistently, "What kind of candidate makes these kinds of false charges and still calls himself a Christian?" And the soft money -- we need to do away with it. Candidates would still be able to run their own slimy ads, but at least their names would be on them, and they wouldn't be able to hide behind, "Well, my campaign had nothing to do with this. It was (name of PAC) that put out the ad."