“Was this supposed to make Cochran seem too old? Fine, call him too old, but to denigrate his poor wife?”
No, the point was to show that Cochran’s wife was languishing in that nursing home, while he had been gallivanting around for years with his mistress/assistant at public events. The attack was meant to denigrate Cochran, and the wife was “collateral damage”.
“The attack was meant to denigrate Cochran, and the wife was ‘collateral damage’.
Well, that makes it OK then! After all, the ends justifies the means, right? Anyone who thinks this is a way to help his candidate should himself be institutionalized. And this guy will be, just a different kind of institution.