The Obama team's response:
"It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls - a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why."
I'll say it in plain language: I thought the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 set the standard for all-out dishonesty, but the McCain-Palin campaign is setting the all-time record for lying and smearing. An absolute out and out scumfest.
John McCain hasn't been an honorable man in 35 years. He's a slimy, grasping opportunist who will do ANYTHING and say ANYTHING to win, however loathsome. Adulterer, thief, con man, grifter, and political sewer rat are terms more suited to him than "honorable". If this is how the Republicans intend to fight, I say, let slip the dogs of war.
Oh, and one other thing. As Dick Cheney would put it:
Go fuck yourself, McCain.
UPDATE: From Kansas City.com:
What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach " 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."
Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.
But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.
Republican Alan Keyes tried to use Obama's vote against him in the 2004 U.S. Senate race. At the time, Obama spoke about wanting to protect young children from abuse. He made clear then that he was not supporting teaching kindergartners about explicit details of sex.
In shorter language: the ad is a goddamned lie.
And yeah, I'm really pissed off right now.