John Nance Garner, sometime Vice President of the United States, once described that office as being "not worth a bucket of warm piss".
It looks as though the race for the Republican nomination is now down to Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich with the latest polls putting Gingrich ahead of Romney in the South Carolina Primary scheduled for this weekend.
The attack ads on each other,whether in person or by proxy, are direct, bitter and personal. Romney is portrayed as a crony capitalist, liberal, flip-flopper, whilst Gingrich is flayed as a serial adulterer, censured and fined by his colleagues in the House of Representatives for ethical misconduct.
The convention (if there ever was one) promoted by Reagan that 'Republicans do not speak ill of fellow Republicans' has been well and truly broken in Spades. The Democrats will be loving every minute of this and you can bet the attack lines used by the Republicans will feature in their election advertising.
It may well be that the nominee finds himself inheriting Garner's bucket.