Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.
(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene looks past the conventions to the mudslinging about to get underway in earnest. He says that this could be the dirtiest political season in memory.
[1:01] "With politics having become more of a spectator sport than ever, what is the real harm in its having devolved into an only slightly more refined version of mud wrestling? The harm is that it’s a tough shift to go from mud wrestler to statesman once the votes are counted."
[2:22] "A willingness to use any means to win an election will inevitably in the end produce a president. But then the president will have to lead a nation that has turned darkly cynical about the entire process."
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