The charm, class, and civility shown by the two presidential candidates in last night's two-hour televised discussion from Columbia University lasted, well, two hours. The Democrats quickly released a new attack video belittling John McCain's lack of computer skills, a strategy Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe called "the first day of the rest of the campaign." In a memo, he added:
We will respond with speed and ferocity to John McCain's attacks and we will take the fight to him, but we will do it on the big issues that matter to the American people.
And it was just after 6 p.m. last night that King County Republican chair Lori Sotelo sent out an e-mail to McCain supporters, claiming that "Over the last two weeks we have seen demeaning and downright nastiness focused on our Vice Presidential candidate. Through it all, Sarah Palin continues to take the high road..."
Apparently that doesn't include her backhand to community organizers or introduction of the lipstick joke, which - when Obama turned it against her - suddenly became offensive. Nor apparently is it a low road to cash in on it. Says Sotelo:
The McCain/Palin ticket is surging ahead, and we are celebrating this momentous occasion by releasing a limited edition “Read My Lipstick” t-shirt that can be yours with a minimum donation of $25 to the King County Republican Party. Multiple colors, shirt styles and sizes are available...support the ticket while having a little fun with those liberals that love to hate our future Vice President.