... who seem to believe that no-holds barred political campaigning was invented during the reign of Bushco:
There was, of course, the infamous Coffin Handbill used by thoughtful proto-progressive John Quincy Adams against Andew Jackson in 1828:
Designed by Charles Hammond, who was not officially part of the Adams re-election campaign (call it plausible deniability), it was never disowned by the incumbent, and was in fact featured at his rallies, along with the oft-repeated charge that Andrew Jackson's wife was a mulatto prostitute.
Some of our readers might be old enough (and, I guess, lucky enough, given that it ran only once) to remember that infamous Daisy ad that LBJ ran against Barry Goldwater, intimating that the GOP candidate had a hankering to start a thermonuclear war:
Naturally, some bruising political ads are intramural rather than inter-party:
Of course there's also this little number:
I realize that some of our readers (hello, A1) would be quite all right with playing the moral equivalence game that puts Dubya on the same scale with the man who not only committed genocide, but started a war that killed over 125 million people in six years....
... and that partly explains this pseudo-historical treatment by a wannabe scholar who is actually nothing more than a political propagandist:
In the grand scheme of things, Wanda Sykes, David Feherty, Rush Limbaugh, and even Al Frankenare symptoms rather than causes.
Symptoms of what? A healthy if often unlovely democracy that persists in spite of supposedly high-minded attempts to censor it.