I sincerely hope we've hit rock-bottom in this campaign, but alas, there's still over a week to go. Today's events have topped everything so far, though as Democrat Alexi Giannoulias today accused Congressman Mark Kirk of "economic treason." Yes, that's basketball banker Alexi, who never served a day in uniform, accusing Naval Reserve commander Mark Kirk of treason. Nice.
Kirk said in a statement in response:
Alexi Giannoulias is running a desperate and dishonorable campaign. I have worn our country's uniform for 21 years and to accuse me of treason in any context is beyond the pale. Giannoulias is a desperate candidate who is now dishonoring the office he aspires to.
Rich Miller over at Capitol Fax Blog said, "[C]alling somebody a traitor is truly beyond the pale in politics. Giannnoulias ought to apologize."
Look for a lot more comments like Rich's to be coming out soon, I think.
In a press conference today, Giannoulias rightly took it on the chin, and was called out for his own fundraising in Canada.
Updated: Video from NBC-5:
Desperation may be the key here, as early voter turnout in Chicago appears to be fairly low, and if the Dems don't have a huge showing in Chicago, it's all over for them. It's so bad, President Obama is parachuting back into town this weekend to try to get out the vote, but if the Dems haven't been excited enough to go vote after several visits from Obama and his surrogates, including Mrs. Obama, VP Biden, and others, it looks like the enthusiasm gap may just be too wide to bridge.
UPDATED x2: The Tribune calls out Alexi for his shameful behavior:
Be unkind and blame desperation, or be kind and blame fatigue. Either way, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias' juvenile pander to Big Labor — his charge that Republican Mark Kirk is guilty of "economic treason" — suggests that he's too reckless and immature to fill a seat occupied by Everett McKinley Dirksen, Adlai Stevenson III and Barack Obama. [snip[
Giannoulias trails Kirk in fundraising. He's making public appearances to draw free news coverage. Foolish charges of "economic treason," yes, that'll draw coverage. Expect reporters to ask any politician who stands with Giannoulias at a campaign event, "Do you, too, view Mark Kirk as a traitor?"
What Giannoulias did Thursday is shameful.