Okay, there’s low. Like, say, Death Valley is pretty low. Then there’s lower – the Marianas Trench, let’s say. And then there’s this, which to sum it up in as non-sketchy a way as possible, is conservative bloggers gleefully spreading the rumor that Barack Obama was molested by one of his childhood mentors as a disqualifying factor in his run for the Presidency.
As Jim Henley says, the disturbing part isn’t even that they’re gleeful about Frank Davis’ alleged perversion – they’re super gleeful that said perversion might have been visited on an underage Obama. The right tends to cheer for a lot of things when push comes to shove during an election cycle – allegations of treason, assaults on veterans’ service, so on and so forth. But I think this is the first time the explicit approval of child abuse has ever become part and parcel of a conservative smear campaign against a Democratic candidate.
Part of me wonders if we’re at the point where there simply is no movement conservative moral compass any more. Another part of me wonders if I can finally start selling my “Ho Chi Minh Just Whipped Your Candy Ass” McCain t-shirts. Only three weeks left to work this magic!