Politics is a filthy business. New technology provides the mud slingers added opportunities to ply their disgusting trade, as a news story from Ohio illustrates.
In a story datelined from Cincinnati, The Associated Press reported recently that President Barack Obama's campaign was using the Internet to solicit stories about Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Both men had been named as potential running mates for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In Ohio, a website form sought ''need to know'' information about Portman. In Florida, a site asked for the ''good, bad and ugly'' on Rubio.
Count on anything good about the senators being consigned to a computer trash bin. Clearly, the idea was to dig up dirt about Portman and Rubio in preparation for a smear campaign.
Technology brings many benefits to our lives. What a shame it is being used in the slimy end of politics.