Samuel Johnson, the great 18th Century English critic, famously said that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels. Were he alive today, Mr. Johnson might well observe of the McCain campaign that baseless, slimy attack ads are the last refuge of a failing, insecure candidate. Each day that McCain wastes with this fruitless, cynical approach will see his poll numbers drop. With no compelling, positive message of his own to offer, McCain, and his lightweight, wink-n-snarl partner, merely debase the political process further. It is truly embarrassing to watch this.