The websites and blogs are brimming today with news of various ways in which various people are trying to attack the Lib Dems - or testing out possible lines of attack.
Here at Next Left we have consistently criticised the Lib Dems where criticism is due: notably their policies for a big income tax giveaway to high earners and to abolish the Child Trust Fund. Lib Dem responses to these criticisms have not been persuasive.
But there's obviously a world of difference between fair-minded criticism and smear.
Unity at Liberal Conspiracy picks up on Cristina Odone's attempt to smear the Lib Dem MP Evan Harris as 'Dr. Death'. The basis for this charge seems to be that Evan is unwilling to make the moral views of the Catholic Church into the law of the land.
And then there is the Labour candidate for Birmingham Hall Green, Roger Godsiff, whose efforts earned him a passing mention on yesterday's Newsnight. Roger homed in on the Lib Dems' proposal to give the vote to criminals. Not content to merely point to the policy and criticise it he decided to publish a leaflet with pictures of various rapists, murderers and paedophiles who would allegedly get the vote under the Lib Dem proposals and - what a neat touch! - added a picture of the Lib Dem candidate thereby visually bracketing the candidate with these criminals.
To which I can only say, as a Labour party member: Not in my name!
Is this really what Labour politics has come to?
Update: as Sunder's comments on this post show, there seems to be a widespread rejection of Roger Godsiff's election leaflet in the Labour party, at both the national and local levels. So the answer to my question, 'Is this what Labour politics has come to?', would seem to be 'No - not in general'. Phew....