We’ve been debating around the office whether it will be possible to run a negative campaign against Barack Obama if the Democratic Party (a) ever nominates a candidate and (b) picks him. One of the guys says it can’t be done, or that if McCain tries, there will be a backlash. I said it could be done; that it would be easy; that the impulse would be impossible to resist, and that McCain wouldn’t even try; and that any backlash would be among people who hadn’t planned to vote McCain in the first place. Many (most?) of my predictions are comically off base, but this one’s off to a good start. Turns out that guy Obama’s in league with the evildoers. Or so McCain is eager to assert.