I have no idea if this has been reported outside of NC, but here it is a bit of a big deal and really shows where this presidential campaign is going this summer and into next fall. The NC Republican committe will begin to air ads starting Monday which equate Barak Obama and Rev. Wright with two current NC Democrats who are running for governor who have both endorsed Obama. The ad shows a bit of Rev. Wrights speaking and then says,"Now, Bev Perdue and Richard Moore endorse Barack Obama. They should know better. He's just too extreme for North Carolina." So, they are slamming Obama and the two gubernatorial candidates, linking them all to Rev. Wright. Possibly the worst part of this is the that both McCain and the national Republican party have asked the NC Republican party to pull the ads and the state party has refused. Now, I guess the McCain has no really pull, but if the national party wanted them to truly pull the ads, I would think that they would be able to threaten funding or something, but in reality they have no real interest in the state party to pull the ads, just to make a statement so that if it backfires they can claim they told the state party not to do it. See the whole article here.
This is the way this campaign will now start to go, I predict (going out on a limb ain't I). The state and local parties will start the mud flinging and maybe McCain will object at least in the media, but behind the scenes he will encourage them to do this. It allows him to keep his hands clean and yet the mud is still flung. This also allows for the national Republican party to do some negative campaigning, but again really leave it up to the local level especially in states like those in the South, which aren't really friendly to the Democrats anyway. This campaign is really going to get nasty and it is going to get nasty quick from the Republicans. Whether it is the first women candidate or the first African-American candidate, they will go either sexist or racist, but it is coming and when it does, it is going to be totally and utterly disgusting. I am so sick of American politics right now, but I guess until the revolution comes and we overthrow the current system, I will just have to find ways to keep fighting within the current system.