Ready, aim, fire!
It appears that we won’t have to wait long for the fireworks to begin. Heck, we won’t have to wait at all! Two things of note crossed our paths today that assured us that a level of negativity has begun and shows no sign of slowing.
Over at South Carolina ’08, a web-community designed by the LaurinLine for presidential politics, an article was posted by BJ Boling from the Boston Globe which attacks Mitt Romney for what seems to be a change of opinion on gun rights. This could be considered the first salvo across the bow of Team Romney in South Carolina by the McCain campaign.
Next we were forwarded this little diddy:
From: Anti McCain [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 8:14 AM
To: Mike Fair (email redacted)
Subject: Dobson says ‘no way’ to McCain candidacy
Dobson says ‘no way’ to McCain candidacy
Christian leader declares he couldn’t support senator ‘under any circumstances’
Now we have seen the article before, but what is of note is that this email was sent by an obviously fake email address to a list of well known South Carolinians, including legislators. We do have it on good authority that this did not come from the Romney folks which is a relief, because it is just childish.
We think most folks with just a bit of political savvy could predict a pretty tough primary campaign in South Carolina, but it is becoming increasingly clear that this is just going to be a “get down and dirty” street fight and the battle field with be in every mailbox, telephone, TV, and computer screen.