Surely you are not surprised that elections, at least here in the US, have turned pretty ugly and pretty negative.
One would feel sad about this if we could only blame the politicians. The sad reality is that negative campaigning works, and works very well. So if there is blame to be handed out, it is all on us.
It was interesting that other then Kentucky and Georgia, Republican races have far move negativity. And are much, much longer!
It might be tempting to believe it is the Democrats attacking the Republicans, but one interesting bit is that the red is also Republicans attacking Republicans. From the article, Economist, http://goo.gl/8f9nvP
"In addition to the money spent by candidates themselves, outside groups have been pouring cash into the closest races. The chart below shows where and how it is being spent. Most outside spending goes on negative ads. For example, in North Carolina outside groups have spent $16.8m attacking Republican candidates but only $5.9m praising them. (This includes money spent by Republican-leaning groups attacking fellow Republicans during the primary election.)"
So, does negative campaigning work on you?