From an editorial Monday in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:
We are at the point in the race for the U.S. Senate between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican, where the campaign advertising is for voters like a root canal.
“I know this is unpleasant,” the dentist says, “but we’re about 50 percent done.” And then, 30 percent. And then there’s that last 10 percent, which seems like eternity.
The airwaves are so saturated that the once-trusted remote control has turned on us. A click takes us to ... only another ad.
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Take to the Internet for some relief? Nope. There are pop-up ads, same themes. Tillis and his allies have done everything but accuse Hagan of being born in Kenya.
Hagan and her crew are trying to give as good as they’re getting, portraying Tillis as one of the architects of the dismantling of public education. And as this campaign is viewed as crucial to deciding which party controls the Senate, it may wind up being one of the most expensive in the country.
But it’s us poor innocent bystanders, just trying to catch “Dancing With the Stars” or “Modern Family,” who are paying the price. And in the end, will all the accusations with just a smidge of positive thoughts really do any good?
In the meantime, we recommend DVDs of a show featuring a fellow named Sheriff Andy Taylor. Last politician we really trusted.