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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am

Mercifully the election is over, yet "campaign fatigue" still lingers. As the election year dragged to a finish, we made some notes.

—As much as we try, we cannot think of a way to control the barrage of "attack" ads without running afoul of the First Amendment. Candidates could quit hiding behind the finance law that says they can have nothing to do with the sponsors of those ads and step up to disavow them. Wouldn't it be refreshing if a candidate said "the commercial sponsored by so-and-so PAC about my opponent is misleading, and while I cannot control those ads, I do not approve of them"? When Congressional candidates Collins and Hochul were asked about those ads during a debate, neither said, "I wish they wouldn't run them."

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