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One must also understand digging into a politician's personal life -- as some Congressmen have tried to do vis- a- vis Modi's marriage -- is not just hitting below the belt, but a double- edged sword, something which Digvijaya Singh experienced, when some personal photographs were recently leaked on social media.
The country that once promised to punch above its weight seems more interested in hitting below the belt.
To blame a president and a secretary of state, as Republicans are brazenly doing these days, for the tragedy in Benghazi -- as if President Obama and Secretary Clinton could have anticipated the assault and thus pre-empted it -- is hitting below the belt.
Double standards and hitting below the belt have characterized the presidential contest as well, and are likely to do so right up to the finish.
On both sides of the political divide, there were foes who hesitated in hitting below the belt.