Politics is a filthy business. New technology provides the mud slingers added opportunities to ply their disgusting trade, as a news story from Ohio illustrates.
In a story datelined from Cincinnati, The Associated Press reported earlier this month that President Barack Obama's campaign was using the Internet to solicit stories about Republican Sens. Rob Portman, of Ohio and Marco Rubio of Florida. Both men had been named as potential running mates for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In Ohio, a website form sought ''need to know'' information about Portman. In Florida, a site asked for the ''good, bad and ugly'' on Rubio.
Of course anything good about the senators being would be consigned to a computer trash bin. Clearly, the idea was to dig up dirt about Portman and Rubio, in preparation for a smear campaign in case they were Romney's choice.
Technology brings many benefits to our lives. What a shame it is used in the slimy end of politics.