As they are quick to point out, they've never directly called him either. It's always, "if he did or said such and such he may be a liar, felon, whatever." But the damage has been done. The words sit there like a rock and I'm not referring to may.
The poor guy can't win. Or maybe he can if voters are getting tired of character annihilating accusations. Or insinuations. First they blasted him because he never laid out his policies. That wasn't quite true, they were just so complex they were difficult to articulate in an easily understood manner. Now that he's actually saying something he's lying. Sheesh!
Politics aside, it's time for it to stop. It won't of course because when challenged the administration has to run from having nothing concrete with which to counter. They've tried quoting experts from outside the administration but when they parse what those experts have said, they're beginning to come forward and say, "Wait a minute. I didn't say that!" Oops.
We're down to the final weeks of what has been an agonizingly long and dirty campaign. Neither side can claim the high road. Some of Romney's fellow Republicans have been his worst enemies. But lets stop demeaning one another. Whoever wins is going to be the President of the United States. The supposed leader of the free world. What sort of image are we portraying to the world, especially our enemies of which it seems we have more of than friends, when we're calling our potential leader a liar at best and a possible felon at worst. It's bad enough to be detached, disinterested, arrogant, naive and everything else that has been directed at Obama. It's insulting and only a certain number of voters will agree anyway. Still, it's no where near the level of being called an outright liar or likely felon. That insinuates corruption at the highest level.
I don't think even Obama views being more equal with other nations in quite those terms.
I also wonder about the surrogates that sling that mud. It's shameful and disgusting. If those speaking for the candidates can't present a convincing argument for their own candidate without stooping to that kind of rhetoric I can't help wonder why they support him in the first place.
Or is this what we've become? A community that makes decisions on inflammatory rhetoric, and yes, lies, rather than substance and fact? If this is the case it's no wonder the country is in such a mess.