You’ll need hip waders until November 4

At the beginning of the year  before the Democratic Party had settled on a presidential candidate, Republican nominee John McCain promised to “treat my opponents with respect and demand that they treat me with respect.”

That would have been a pleasant change from the nastiness of the 2000 and 2004 campaigns,but Sen. McCain’s promise disappeared under the weight of his declining poll numbers in battleground states.

The mud slinging is such a dominant theme that boots or, better yet, hip waders may be appropriate attire for this campaign.

The number of attack ads by the campaigns of both the Democrats and Republicans has escalated over the the summer. And no doubt, we’ll see more disputes over issues and personalities over the next four weeks.

So, how do you know who is telling the truth? The best known non-partisan fact checking organization is the Annenberg Political Fact Check, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Another one is a blog done by The Washington Post.  Also, on The Washington Post Web site, is an article from PC World extolling the fact-finding efforts of five other Internet sites.  And don’t forget Snopes.com for just about anything that seems to good or strange to be true.

Just remember to keep those hip waders handy….


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