Originally Posted by ElasticNinja
Personally I think its a problem if political ads hijack TV, and they are almost all attack ads, and often with little truth to back them up.
I don't disagree with any of that. I rarely get anything worthwhile in the mail. So I skim through it as it comes in, let it pile up and then, once a month, I'll go through it and toss it out after making sure I didn't miss anything important. Going through my mail from November I found at least a dozen mailers from both the Democrats and the Republicans telling me that the other candidate (choose one) hated children, tortured cats, had sold their soul to Satan, supported Obama. It was ridiculous. Such ads aren't going to persuade a single rational person in the world. The only point they serve is to inflame the base. Still, they're perfectly legal under the First Amendment.