"We're running a very positive and affirmative campaign," said Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Indeed, Sen. Kerry, D-Mass., renounces nastiness: "We have not stood up," he said, "and attacked our opponents in personal ways." Really?
Let's go to the videotape.
"Week after week after week after week, we were told lie after lie after lie after lie."
-- Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on how the president deceived the American people into supporting an invasion of Iraq.
Her party must defeat the "extraordinarily ruthless machine" run by Republicans.
-- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., at a Democratic fund-raiser. "Ruthless"?
"Let me tell you a secret. Whenever he is in the presence of a wealthy contributor, he is a moral coward, unwilling to stand up and say no, no matter what public interest is at stake. He will not choose the public interest over the private interests of a wealthy and powerful contributor."
-- Former Vice President Al Gore, at the state Democratic convention in Tacoma, Wash.
"Let me tell you, we've just begun to fight. We're going to keep pounding. These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen."
-- Sen. Kerry following a speech on economic policy in Chicago, apparently unaware of the nearby open mike. "I have no intention whatsoever to apologize for my remarks," the senator said the next day.
"Bush is an incompetent leader. In fact, he's not a leader. He's a person who has no judgment, no experience and no knowledge of the subjects that he has to decide upon."
-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side. They've written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."
-- NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, charmingly comparing Republicans to the terrorist Taliban who once ruled Afghanistan, to a cheering audience of liberal activists at the Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C.