Politics is a dirty business in South Carolina and in 2000 John McCain was defeated in one of the nastiest campaigns ever conducted. No blow was too low. It was claimed that been turned while a prisoner of war in Vietnam and was really a Communist sleeper agent and that his adopted Bangladeshi baby was really an illegitimate child from an affair with a black woman.
This time round the McCain camp claim they are ready for the dirty tricks. They better be. There is already a flier out there claiming that McCain, who was so badly tortured in Vietnam that to this day he can’t lift his arms above his shoulders, sung like a “songbird” to his captors.
The Democrats vote a week after the Republicans in South Carolina and that contest looks like it to will suffer from baseless accusations being thrown around. One South Carolina Democrat I spoke to in Washington last week was bemoaning how effective the Obama is a Muslim agent smear has been down in the state.