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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Evan Tracey
In the partisan wrestling matches that have come to characterize this year's midterm elections, the takedown has become the move of choice.
Across the country, political ad spending is up, and attack ads lead the way. Those who take the high road do so at their peril.
A lot of the nastiest, harshest ads are released to the press but aren't airing that much on regular television.
For instance, Mr. Tracey said, Mr. McCain's most prominent single ad in the early part of September was a positive spot touting himself and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as mavericks, while Mr. Obama's most prominent ad linked Mr. McCain to President Bush.
"A lot of these things are clearly being fed in to have the candidates' unfiltered take on the news of the day so they can be churned through these content machines," he said.