If the 2012 presidential campaign seems to smell worse than other election campaigns, it's because it does.
The majority of that stench is coming from the national Democratic headquarters where it has been decided the best way to keep attention away from President Barack Obama's four inept years in office is to try and defame Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
In 2008, Obama famously ran as the candidate of "hope and change." During the past four years, we've seen what that means. And just when it seemed Obama and his minions couldn't stoop get any lower, Priorities USA - a Democratic super PAC formed by former White House spokesman Bill Burton - has dredged to previously unknown depths of sleezy politics. The ad - which has even been condemned by many Democrats - blames Romney for the cancer death of a woman whose husband lost his health insurance benefits after he was laid off from his job at a steel plant after being purchased by Bain Capital.
However, in reality, the unfortunate woman died six years after her husband's plant closed and during that time she had her own health benefits until she, too, lost her job.
While the Obama campaign tried to distance itself from the ad, they also used Joe Soptic, the steelworker in question, in a campaign appearance six months ago where he made the same charge while Obama stood to the side nodding in agreement with everything the man said.
It is easy to understand why Democrats would attempt to keep attention away from Obama's sorry record during the last four years. While the economy was certainly reeling when the president took office in 2008, his policies have only lead us closer to the cliff today.
In the meantime, when Obama does address the bad economy, he continues to blame former President George W. Bush's policies, or the situation in Europe or some other economic boogyman for its condition.
Anybody but himself and his own failed policies.