Although the backstabbing and dirty trickery between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has received far more media attention, a significant amount of sniping has also occurred between the camps of McCain, Romney and Huckabee. In fact things may have reached the point where pundits are becoming collateral damage. Andy McCarthy at the National Review Online says he has been the subject of vituperation from one of the candidates. And McCarthy's not even running for office.
What explains this level of internal animosity in the 2008 Presidential campaign? Is it the collapse of a national consensus which has widened the differences not only between the Democrat and Republican parties but even between their inner constituencies? Or is it that, with the rise of the Internet political combat has become much more finely grained? In today's increasingly specialized New Media environment it is possible to become a niche player on the immigration question, the Israeli question or even the way in which questions are planted during network "debates". I know a some people who have devoted their online existences to the Obama Muslim question. Doubtless the midnight oil is now being burned over the relationship between Mormonism and Mitt Romney. Advising people to "get a life" doesn't work any more. This is now the life.