Michelle Laxalt, Republican (daughter of Paul Laxalt) speaking on Larry King about the smear tactics of the McCain-Palin campaign.
Update: Maybe Laxalt was too kind to Palin. This week's cover story in The New Republic on Palin reveals the following:
Within a few months, Palin was officially challenging Stein and exploiting the cultural shift masterfully. She welcomed a national anti-abortion group in to carpet bomb Wasilla with pink postcards affirming her pro-life bona fides. She orchestrated an NRA endorsement and a mailing from the group falsely proclaiming Stein, a lifelong hunter, "anti-gun." (Stein complained to the local newspaper that Palin was telling voters he wanted to "melt down" all the firearms in the state.) And, in a move practically out of Karl Rove's playbook, she dwelled on how Stein's wife used her maiden name, going so far as to demand a marriage certificate as proof of their nuptials. Palin's campaign literature proclaimed her "deeply devoted to conservative family values"--all in the context of an ostensibly nonpartisan election. (Stein himself was a moderate Republican.)Noam Scheiber, "Barracuda," p. 20, The New Republic (Oct. 22, 2008). David Talbot, who told a similar story in "Mean Girl"(published Sept. 23, 2008) in Salon, noted that Stein's wife "died of breast cancer in 2005 without ever having reconciled with Palin."
Doesn't sound like Palin needed to learn anything from McCain operatives about dirty politics.