POLITICAL SMEARS….I’m less worried than a lot of people about the Democratic candidates taking potshots at each other. After all, this happens in every election cycle, people always warn that it does nothing except weaken the entire party (whichever party it happens to be), and in the end it rarely seems to matter much. Carter, Reagan, and Clinton all had bruising primary battles and won, and I’m sure this year’s candidate will survive the primaries as well.

Still, enough’s enough: linking Howard Dean to Osama bin Laden isn’t criticism, it’s political porn. I hope every Democratic candidate loudly and unequivocally denounces this kind of crap and makes it clear that it has no place in the campaign. Today would be a good time to start, and I hope my candidate, Wes Clark, is the first out of the gate.