Unless you've been hiding under a rock or are very good at shutting the world out, it would be impossible to miss the barbs and jabs thrown by political foes like Obama and McCain in Washington, D. C. or Gregoire and Rossi in Washington State. Both sides of the fence have resorted to name-calling, insults and other bad behavior to draw attention away from themselves, putting it squarely on the shoulders of their opponents.
This goes against everything my parents taught me: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
While it may be naive of me to think this is possible in today's world of cut-throat politics, I'd much prefer to hear the candidates stand on their own records and merits than to win as the lesser of two evils. The insult-slinging has taken us to a new low, where Jerry Springer-like behavior is acceptable in every arena and no one has to take responsibility for their words any more.
The same is true in business. Talk about your own successes, your own philosophies and the positives you bring to the table. If you're all that you say you are, you don't need to belittle or berate the competition to rise above them. You're true character will speak for itself.
P.S. - Wake me up when it's over...