We're one week into the official presidential race, and, as we all expected, things are getting excessively nasty. A major political magazine has called for Obama to produce proof that he was born in the US! And now a notorious right-wing radio blowhard idiot claims that there's audio of Ms. Obama using the word "whitey." Of course, all of this is symbolic, perhaps better described as subliminal: the message is that Obama isn't "one of us." Racist bullshit.
The Obama folks have launched a website to combat this nonsense: Fight the Smears. It's the right thing to do. But it's sad to see that it has come to this. And so early in the race. The next several months-- until November at least-- will be nauseating.