It looks like the right wing attack and smear machine got into action for Super Tuesday. Seems they were holding back before. The tactic they are using is forwarding e-mails that appear to come from friends. The e-mails are impossible to trace and to respond to. Several candidates were targeted, including Hillary Clinton. The focus seems to have been on Obama. The Washington Post wrote today that:
“Campaign dirty tricks found a new outlet on primary day, as several misleading attacks on presidential candidates were spread via cautionary, last minute e-mails in mass mailings among friends.
Some of the electronic messages that flashed onto computer screens yesterday had been in circulation for weeks -- including one that suggested, falsely, that Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) had not affirmed Israel's right to exist. But Monday night, those messages started arriving in many e-mail inboxes with subject lines such as "FW: Something to consider before voting tomorrow.”
This appears to be an effort to block Black/Jewish unity forming around as an aspect of the broad coalition around Senator Obama.
The Senator’s position on abortion rights have also been raised by other groups. However a key difference is that the latter campaign was signed and in this sense above board even if it misrepresented the postion.
The Nation magazine featured a good story recently on the same subject entitled "The Right Wing Smear Machine." Swift boat tactics are alive and well.