The New York Times editorial page used the word "un-American" to describe the Bush campaign's continued attempts to label John Kerry the candidate for terrorists.
Today, the Los Angeles Times editorial page calls Bush a "coward" for allowing these slimy tactics and benefiting from them -- but not taking responsibility .
"Compared with Kerry, George W. Bush is a coward. This is not a reference to their respective activities during Vietnam. It refers to the current election campaign. Bush happily benefits from the slime his supporters are spreading but refuses to take responsibility for it or to call point-blank for it to stop. He got away with this when the prime mover was the shadowy Swift boats group. Will he get away with it when the accusers are his own vice president, high officials of his own administration (Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage) and members of Congress from his own party (House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert or Sen. Orrin Hatch)? The answer is yes: Based on recent experience, he probably will get away with it."
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.