A careless, insulting remark has been elevated to "mindless character assassination" as the WDT opines about nastiness and name calling in campaigns. Or at least talked about in the same context as the national tit for tat.
At issue was labor czar Ernie LaBaff's' reference to our Congresswoman as "Elsie the Cow."
If it hadn't been caught on cell phone by a tracker, it would never have been said in a public sense, but that's the world we live in, as a George Allen found out in his macaca moment.
Of course in the Elsie story, it was just a surrogate saying it, but Original Sin for candidate Mike Derrick is he didn't swat down Mr. LaBaff, although we have no first hand reporting on the incident.
The fuss, that it is one, lets voters know there is a contested race for Congress. Whether it changes anything , I don't know as I, like all (most) of you, don't know if there really is a race as there is no public polling.
We assume there was felt a need to throw Mr. Derrick off stride by pointing this out and making it an issue. The Democratic candidate has been spending freely of late and this speed bump either hurts him or helps him if you buy into Trumpian disdance for PC.