It's either an amusing way to follow the 2012 presidential campaign, or the death rattle for meaningful political discourse in America.
The campaigns' latest dive into pettiness came late Tuesday, as Romney adviser Fehrnstrom and Obama adviser Axelrod jousted over the issue of ... dogs.
Democrats have portrayed Romney as an uncaring dog owner by citing a much-publicized family trip to Canada in 1983, when Romney transported the family dog, Seamus, in a crate that was strapped to the top of the Romneys' car.
Axelrod mocked Romney's campaign by tweeting a photo of Obama in the presidential limousine with his dog, Bo.
"How loving owners transport their dogs," Axelrod wrote.
Fehrnstrom struck back late Tuesday by quoting Obama's book "Dreams from My Father," in which Obama had described being fed dog meat when he was living in Indonesia between the ages of 6 and 10.
Fehrnstrom re-tweeted Axelrod's photo of Obama and Bo but added a new caption: "In hindsight, a chilling photo."
NOTE: To give equal photo time to both parties we tried very, very hard to find a photo of Mr. Romney holding a dog, being next to a dog, or even being anywhere close to a dog. We couldn't find any. Can anyone help?