Is This The Nastiest Campaign Season Ever? Not Even Close

We’ve seen plenty of nasty campaigning this year.

Alan Grayson’s “Draft Dodger” and “Talbian Dan” ads, Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha”,  the Sharron Angle’s false ad claiming that Harry Reid voted to give Viagra to sex offenders, and yesterday’s Gawker piece on Christine O’Donnell can all be cited as evidence of that.

But is this the nastiest campaign season ever ? As shows, it’s not even close:

So, you know, things really aren’t that bad when you get right down to it.

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. sam says:

    You got that right. I’m not hearing about any state militias to be called out to march on DC to enforce one or the other outcome….

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    Jefferson actually financed newspapers whose sole purpose was to be anti-Federalist. Don’t think you could do that today…