We have lived through more presidential and other election campaigns than we like to admit. Usually, when the opponents clash, the campaigns are interesting, sometimes juvenile, reeking of untruths and routinely misleading, irritating, ruthless in nature, cunning, clever — in other words, often tending to be bizarre.
This year there seems to be more of an amateurish or juvenile spin in some of the attacks. Without appearing to be Biden-like in gross haughtiness, we found an attack in the Spence-Nixon race for governor amusing. Dave Spence, the Republican candidate, said incumbent Democratic governor Jay Nixon had “sold his soul to the devil.” Spence, a successful businessman, is not known to be an expert in sales to the devil even when it comes to politics. Earlier in the campaign he said he had a degree in economics from MU. It turned out he had a degree in home economics, which does not make him ineligible to be governor. He did clarify his earlier statement by saying a campaign aide made a mistake in the degree matter.
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