OPINION: Mudslinging campaigns hurt the country
Bob Greene says the fall campaign will bring more negative ads.
September 3rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Mudslinging campaigns hurt the country

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."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

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  1. Nick

    Ref- You hit it dead center. There is no common ground in politics. Its sad to say but true. Everyone wants to be on the winning team and come up with the craziest reasons why their group is better. Dem or Rep it doesn't matter right now, our country is screwed because we are devided.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Referee

    Great points! This is exactly how I'm feeling. I don't understand how my friends can be so divided on the direction of the country and so partial to their party, but face to face we find ourselves mostly on common ground when it comes to real issues. This isn't a game. The country is really in trouble and we're taking sides like we're rooting for our favorite sports team.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |