Two weeks ago, Henrietta Hughes stood up at a Florida town hall meeting, told
President Barack Obama that she and her son lived in a car, and appealed for help. A day later she was a segment on the cable television news, fresh grist for pundits and the subject of countless newspaper stories airing all her dirty laundry. Welcome to the show, Henrietta. Hughes was just the latest political collateral damage victim, another casualty of a relentless and lightning-quick attack-and-counterattack machine that is consuming innocent and not-so-innocent bystanders who step too close to its maw. [click here for rest of story]
An even sadder story is that of Oliver Sipple.