It's going to be a long, misleading summer, to judge by the intellectually dishonest smear attack already being mounted against Republican candidate for president Sen. John McCain.
And, as you may have guessed, the usual suspects are behind it.
MoveOn.org and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have produced a new television spot attacking McCain. It features an actress portraying a mother, holding a baby. She accuses McCain of being willing to keep U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years.
As the non-partisan political fact-checking organization FactCheck.org notes, the "100 years" comment is extremely misleading - not representative of McCain's views. And, of course, MoveOn and the AFSCM don't mention that McCain was among the first and most effective critics of the old military policy in Iraq.
The spot will air in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the sponsoring groups, which once again are demonstrating that they are more interested in the policitics of fear and deception than in telling voters the truth.
Thankfully, Iowa voters will not be subjected to such misleading smear tactics.
But then again, voters in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin need only use their trusty remote control to avoid falling victim to half-truths and downright dirty tactics.
Perhaps that's good advice for all of us this campaign season. A quick click of the remote will spare us hours of political attack ads, deceptive tales and politics as usual.