The ancient Greeks used the term até to describe the blindness that the gods put over you in the moment before you are about to be killed. The McCain campaign seems to have been afflicted with a blind venom lately, striking out on multiple levels, thrashing about in their effort to try and win at any cost. But so far it has only raised Barack Obama’s poll numbers and lowered McCain’s.
If you’re curious about até, Wikipedia has an insightful page on it. Até is “a Greek word for ‘ruin, folly, delusion,’ is the action performed by the hero, usually because of his or her hubris that leads to his or her death or downfall…”