What is all this vulgarity about?

Here’s the latest installment in the ongoing cavalcade of vulgarity in service of the Obama administration’s re-election campaign. (What are the chances he would have gotten himself elected in 2008 if he authorized these appalling ads back then?) We’re astonished that people would willingly immortalize themselves in this way. Michael Ledeen says it comes from the top. But that’s not an adequate explanation for the willingness of people to put themselves on display in such a dishonorable way. One hopes they at least got paid well for their shameful behavior in front of their families. Seriously, what explains this?

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