As November 4 draws closer, Barack Obama continues to hold a steady lead over his Republican rival in opinion polls. But refusing to take victory for granted, the Democratic candidate is warning his supporters not to let up in the final days of the campaign: “Don’t believe for a second this election is over. Do not think for a minute that power concedes anything. It is going to get nasty I’m sure over the next four days. They will throw everything at us like they have been doing.”
The campaign has indeed already been nasty – not on the part of the candidates themselves, who have avoided all-out gutter politics in their debates.
But the attacks have mostly come from individuals and groups that have not been endorsed by either candidate, such as one McCain volunteer, who admitted fabricating a story about an alleged assault against her by an anti-McCain activist.
Another frequent accusation is the claim that the Democratic candidate is the accusation he is lying about his Christian faith and is in fact a Muslim – with links to terrorists. And in one of the most recent attacks verging on the absurd, it was hinted that Obama granted a driver’s licence to September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta.