mirabile dictu: i agree with andrew sullivan
Speaking of Letter from Gotham, she linked to this priceless column by Andrew Sullivan, written during the early days of the 2000 Republican primary system. Key quotes:
Bush spent the week deploying a private company to call thousands of South Carolinians at home to spread what can only be called malicious lies about his opponent.
Like his father before him, Bush combines inarticulate high-mindedness in office with ruthless demagoguery on the campaign trail.
The ugliness of his tactics, his willingness to consort with the most unsavoury characters in a notoriously unsavoury state and the sheer vacuousness of his message have revealed him to be not merely hollow but also malicious and unwise.
...and Mr. Sullivan concludes:
In the past few weeks Bush has gathered around him, with uncanny efficiency, the unprincipled lowlife who have poisoned the Republican party for a decade or more. You can tell a lot about a person by who his friends are. If these hatchet men and bigots are Bush's friends, then deliver us speedily unto his enemies.
I heartily agree.