Okay, I was watching Morning Joe today and Nicole Wallace, McCain's surrogate (not sure what she does exactly) was on there complaining about how Obama has run the most nasty and negative campaign in electoral history and how the media has spun it to make it appear that it's McCain's camp who are overtly negative. Of course Joe agreed with her, as did Pat Buchanan. Mika didn't (bit shock LOL). I guess what struck me is that it's not just the mainstream media who say that McCain has gone beyond the pale in the negative department but rather there are staunch conservatives who say the exact same thing. How does the McCain camp reconcile the fact that within their own party they are being blasted for their negative, divisive behavior? That's not mainstream media or even Obama supporters...that's from within. Is there some disconnect from reality here? and what do they deem negative on Obama's part? I've seen a few overtly negative ads from Obama against McCain, the immigration one being the one that comes to mind most. But other than that his ads discuss McCain's record and what he's stood for in the Senate for the last 26 years. Is it negative simply because it doesn't jive with the Maverick image that McCain wants to project? Is it negative because it connects him to Bush, the most unpopular president in history? I've yet to see one ad attacking McCain's character, even though those arguments could be made. Nicole went on to say that Palin and her children have been ravaged by the media and the Obama campaign which I found to be a complete distortion of the facts. What constitutes a negative ad? is it any ad that talks about your opponent instead of what you yourself will offer? Understanding that question will help me understand how a campaign that questions Obama's patriotism, his honesty, his judgement and his honor can make the claim that they are the less negative of the two campaigns.