Election season and access to television brings out the absolute worst in Americans. Smearing, innuendoing, prevaricating, braying, spitting lying politicians spewing their offal non-stop over the overheated airwaves and every one of them, regardless of party or position, fouling public discourse so that it's next to impossible to form a considered sane opinion about anything except the putrid state of politics in America. And the tsunami of cash that greedy grasping corporate banshees blow their way in hopes of a minute edge engulfs us all in expensive lying shouting tv commercials that make it absolutely impossible for all but the willfully blind among us to feel any kind of pride in the people who are supposedly representing our ideals in the halls of government. Bah! When this is all over, I'm going to look into some cosmetic brain surgery that will remove the names of George Allen, Jim Webb, Thelma Drake, and Phil Kellam from any cells and synapses in which they may be lodged. They can do that these days, can't they?