Americans won’t vote for president for almost five months, but we already seem to be in the thick of the presidential campaign. Attack ads denigrating Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are rolling out on television and the web, fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars in “super PAC” money unleashed by the 2010 Citizens United decision.
Most of these ads will generate far more heat than light. Many of them will have nothing to do with the important issues facing America, but will, implicitly or explicitly, question the candidates’ character, portraying them as out of the mainstream or somehow un-American.
We submit that neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama are extremists, and that both are well within the main currents of contemporary American political life. You may not Login to read more