After staying well below John McCain on the Mud Meter for nearly the whole contest, Barack Obama’s negative language with respect to McCain spiked up the day before Halloween and has been moving upward into record terroritory (for him) ever since. Is this an indication of worry on the part of Team Obama, or are they just trying to seal the deal, keeping their powder dry ’till the endgame? I guess we find out tomorrow.
Meanwhile, unless something changes by tomorrow, McCain will hold on to his ignoble record for the highest Mud Meter score. These scores are a one-week moving average, and the last week of July was the muddiest week for McCain, with a high score of 4.92 on August 1, against a score of 4.82 today for Obama.
For comparison, in 2004 the highest value for Kerry came on November 1 at 4.38. For Bush the high was 4.39 on September 30. So both 2008 candidates are speaking more ill of their opponents than either candidate did in 2004.