FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The people of Pennsylvania probably can't wait until tomorrow's primary election is over. The campaign between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has turned into a truly nasty affair, with the two trading accusations about who's been more negative in their campaigning.
Front page stories in both today's New York Times and Washington Post talk about how Obama has sharpened his tone and his attacks on Clinton, which is a departure from how he's treated her in previous primaries. Obama is questioning whether Clinton is honest and trustworthy and going after her as an expert in old-school, special-interest politics.
For her part, Clinton is calling Obama's approach "so negative" and says he's copying Republicans in his attacks on her universal health care plan. She's suggesting his message of hope has morphed into old-style politics. Both candidates unleashed TV ads yesterday in Pennsylvania, accusing the other of holding onto ties with special interests.
Meanwhile, Obama has been gaining support from establishment figures in the Democratic party after Clinton's repeated attacks on his "bitter" remarks. Former Senators Sam Nunn and David Boren backed Obama late last week. Also, Robert Reich – President Clinton's labor secretary and a longtime friend of the Clintons – is supporting Obama, saying he was "appalled" by her "mean-spirited" attacks.
An average of polls in Pennsylvania shows Obama trailing Clinton by 7 points heading into tomorrow, which is down from her double digit lead just weeks ago. Clinton is expected to win tomorrow, but the focus will be on the margin of victory. What's not clear is who, if anyone, is gaining from all this negativity.
Here’s my question to you: How effective are personal attacks by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on each other?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Judy from Kansas City, Missouri writes:
Due to her ongoing negative campaigning, Hillary is going to find out what the infamous word "bitter" really is when she loses the nomination. She did it to herself.
They are only effective in making me not want to hear what either one has to say. It's getting really old and I wish they would each play a different tune.
Tomorrow will be the defining moment and let's wait ‘til then. I am so ready for this showdown to be said and done so we can get back into business of running down old man flip-flop McCain.
David from Las Colinas, Texas writes:
Jack, A presidential candidate uses Osama bin Laden in a last-day television ad...Well, can politics get worse than this?
Aaron from Champaign, Illinois writes:
The effect is that it simply makes us more and more glad that we only have to go through this crap every four years.
George from Palm Springs, California writes:
Jack, Attack ads not withstanding, Hillary Clinton is finished. She is behind in the popular vote, delegate count, and number of states won, and only leading in Pennsylvania by a few points. She can attack until the cows come home, but after tomorrow night, the only person she will have left to attack is Bill.
Iris from Saugatuck, Michigan writes:
Working? Are you kidding me? Negativity sells. As a World Wrestling Federation fan, I would love to see these two contestants get down and dirty in a pay-per-view no holds barred, cage death match. Phi Slamma Obama vs. Hill the Thrill. The proceeds go to the winner; the deceased agrees to drop out of the race.