McCain’s new ad series – featuring Moses, no less! – is simply more of the gratuitous, baseless character assassination that has become the hallmark of Republican politics. It has Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over it; an infantile attempt to belittle a worthy opponent when the attacker has nothing else to offer to voters. It is a real mystery to me why John McCain has allowed his character to be hijacked by the low-lifes that are now setting the tone of his campaign. This country desperately needs a smart, clear-headed, inspirational leader to steer us in a new direction after 8 years of unmitigated disaster under George Bush. John McCain has squandered his chance to be that leader. If he had the courage to clearly and unequivocally repudiate Bush – on foreign policy, on economic policy, on energy policy, etc., etc., he, too, would have huge crowds eating out of his hand in Central Park – or in Berlin. I might even have been one of them. Not now that he has succumbed to the Rovian dark side of the Republican Party, and reduced himself to the minuscule stature of our current president; visionless, uninspiring, dishonest and petty. What a great shame!!