Thus I don't believe these attempts to trash Obama.
And, when the republican nominee is a Vietnam War hero, defending patriotism is not something the democratic nominee wants to do. McCain may get caught up in his own scandals, who knows, but it appears, at least at the present time, that Obama might be Swift boated just as John Kerry was in 2004.
Swift boated, according to Wikipedia, is "jargon that is used (primarily) as a strong pejorative description of some kind of attack that the speaker considers unfair or untrue—for example, an ad hominem attack or a smear campaign."
That, coupled with the fact that Obama is more liberal than McGovern, of whom many say lost his bids to become president because he was viewed as way too liberal, may be, in the end, what seats John McCain in the office of the president of the United States of America.
This may not be fair, but it's what has become of American politics. Whether one likes Obama or not, Freadom Nation hopes that Americans vote for the candidate who has the best stance on the issues, and not based on what he or she has learned from a smear campaign.
Regardless, Obama will have to be very careful.