Was this election cycle dirtier or worse than in 2004? →
[More:]I thought that the 2004 election was pretty brutal as far as attacks and mudslinging were concerned. During that election, I paid a lot of attention to what was going on and was reading everything I could concerning the candidates and where they stood on the issues, the scandals, the accusations and what not. I was reading blogs and articles on both sides, and generally kept myself well informed.
After Kerry lost, I was completely disappointed in American politics. With all the crap that happened with the Bush administration between the last election and now, I would get so angry that I had to ignore it. This was much better for my blood pressure.
This time around, I didn't really pay as much attention as I did for the 2004 election, but I have the feeling it was less dirty. Or maybe it was that less of the mudslinging from the Republican side stuck (due perhaps to Rove's absence?) and Obama, compared to Kerry, really fought back.
I live in Germany so I really only get my news from the Internet, from articles and news clips. I don't have any Americans here with whom I can discuss US politics.
So, was it less brutal this time around or have I just sufficiently shielded myself from it?