Ruth Marcus has a good opinion piece in the Washington Post this morning. She specifically addresses the dueling slanders each side is leveling at the other. However, it doesn't matter which issue one looks at the pattern is the same. As Marcus puts it,
The laws of political gravity drag every debate from the lofty realm of ideas to the grungy plain of invective. The more complex and weighty the issue, the more it is at risk of being distilled — distorted — into a 30-second caricature.That is why I watch the news now with the remote in hand and hit the mute button when the campaign 'news' comes on. I am tired of the invective and the sound bits which take up time that could be devoted to a serious consideration of issues. I am also tired of the 'he said, he said' nature of the campaign as though every outrageous statement has to be 'balanced' by an equally outrageous statement from the other side. That is supposed to be 'fair and balanced'????