John McCain himself was subjected to a campaign of tittering innuendo by no less an authority than the New York Times, which long ago become a reliable purveyor of all the news that's not fit to print.
This year's wave of rhetorical trash has only begun to arrive ashore. The only way to approach it is with a skeptical eye -- and with patience, endurance and the faith that truth will prevail in the end despite all the odds.
Come to think, it's not just the quadrennial hullabaloo of a presidential campaign that requires patience, endurance and faith, but life itself.
Strength. This presidential campaign has just begun.