Or, mercilessly flogging the dead, bloated corpse of civil discourse in campaigns, Part 109,437. The twisted, Roveian, say-anything-to-get-elected-no-matter-how-contemptible frame of mind that sadly guides so many Republicans extends much further than just the national races. Here's a frankly sickening example from, of all places, rural southeastern Ohio. It would be almost funny if it weren't among the crassest things I've seen. Incumbent state senator Joy Padgett's (R) campaign recently distributed a flyer showing her opponent, Terry Anderson (D) as he interviewed a member of Hezbollah, along with a eminently sensible and self-reflective quote he made in the wake of 9/11, in order to show that he was soft, no, he was a DIRTY LIBRRAL FRIEND OF THE TERRORISTS AND AN AMERICA HATER! A glimpse: Why, after all, was this man sitting and talking with terrorist leaders? Perhaps you'll remember that Terry Anderson was, in fact, America's most famous hostage in the Middle East, being held by Hezbollah for seven damned years during the 1980s. And long after he'd been released and reclaimed his life, he was there sitting talking with the man who helped hold him captive because he had the balls to go back and ask him why. Final analysis: Republicans hate terrorism victims. There's a bit more on this in the link in my sig, but you're really much, much better off just reading Terry's graceful response to this disgrace.