When the George W Bush campaign suggested that John McCain had an illegitimate black baby, Democrats everywhere probably all thought the Republicans had reached the apex of dirty campaigning in a political contest.
And they were right.
But they probably thought the Democrats would never come close to that. They were wrong.
In what has quickly exploded into a full-blown outrage, Gordon Fischer, a member of Barack Obama's support team, took a shot back at Bill Clinton, in what is, without a doubt, the most predictable manner. Via CNN, an excerpt from Fischer's blog:
"Bill Clinton cannot possibly seriously believe Obama is not a patriot, and cannot possibly be said to be helping -- instead he is hurting -- his own party. B. Clinton should never be forgiven. Period. This is a stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica's blue dress."Since then Fischer has posted not one but two "sincere and contrite apologies" on his site.
Of course everyone knew this was eventually going to happen. It's actually quite remarkable that it took as long as it did.
What all of this really underscores, however, is how emotional the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has become. And when the primary race gets that emotional, one can fully expect that there will be hurt feelings come November.
If the Democrats want to win the presidency, they need to smarten up.