Oh you simply must read Gerson this morning.
But first be sure your airways are cleared, because you'll choke with laughter. And gather the kids around, for this is an excellent opportunity to introduce them to morbid flacking. And do not adjust your computer screen, since Gerson's column really is as gloomily albeit comically Gothic as it seems.
Just a taste. I don't wish to spoil your enjoyment of the main feature.
For the Obama campaign, this [unpleasant campaigning] is not an aberration; it is a culmination. The demonization of Romney is a main element of its strategy.
The most apt analogy I can think of is Germany's news release of September 1939, in which that most innocent of nations protested that Poland, having remorselessly demonized its peace-loving neighbor, had, in an outrageous culmination of unpleasantness, launched a ghastly incursion into the long-suffering Fatherland.
The latter found retaliation abhorrent, of course, but Mein Gott! what else could it do?
OK I can't resist. One more line, Gerson's wrap-up line, into which he jarringly sends all the clowns:
[I]t can’t be a small thing, a typical thing, a trivial thing, to ask for belief [in "decency"] and then betray it.
This, from W.'s chief speechwriter during the ramp-up to the Iraq war.