Barack Obama isn't the first candidate to go ugly in search of votes -- but he may well be the first whose reputation for high-mindedness seems not to have been the least bit dented by his bottom feeding. Both he and his acolytes on the left have dragged our public life down to the vulgar level to which they've already dragged popular culture.
Often, the two intersect. Madonna exhorts her fans at a concert to vote for Barack Obama and when some boo, she extends her middle finger. Bill Maher says, "A new Republican administration would be an open for business sign to all the bizarre Bible-thumping bulls--- that the Obama administration has given us a break from."
The president isn't responsible for every vile expression of his supporters. But is he at least responsible for his vice president? Biden's behavior is beyond unseeemly. He has strayed so far beyond propriety as to provoke doubts about his mental stability. Do we really think it's cute for a vice president to call a major piece of legislation a "big f------ deal"? Is it just ol' Joe being Joe when he tells a black audience that Republicans "want to put y'all back in chains"? His performance in the debate -- bullying, crude, manic, and boorish -- has set a new low for debates on the national level. We've seen befuddled performances, surly ones, bored and even incoherent displays by candidates for president and vice president. But Joe Biden behaved like a mean drunk. The response of his boss and his party to this thuggishness was ... applause.