Have you been watching the political debates? My husband watches them faithfully. I have to admit that I don't watch them with the same interest as he does. Nor do I pay a great deal of attention to the insults that candidates hurl at each other.
To tell the truth, I tend to tune out when candidates get down and dirty with mud-slinging and finger-pointing. If they have nothing to say for themselves other than to criticize their opponents, I can't believe they have much to offer.
I recognize this attitude as unrealistic, even naive. This is not to say that I don't try to stay informed. I believe that each of us has a responsibility, a duty even, to vote for the best man or woman for political office. That doesn't mean, however, that I have to listen to the middle-school age level insults issued by candidates.
This I know for sure: if an individual truly has something to offer, he or she has no need to stoop to name-calling.