When Hillary Clinton some weeks ago used the word "spirited" to describe her battles with Barack Obama, she acknowledged she was understating it.
The political fight with Obama was mean and nasty.
But now, as the Democratic National Convention gets underway and Hillary, and her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea are scheduled to be main speakers, it's time to go for the jugular against the real opponent.
In a sense, this is a test of the Clintons' parental instincts and their loyalty to their party.
Sure, any parent would want to forget what John McCain said about Chelsea a decade ago. It could have psychologically destroyed an emotionally weak teenager. (It was also, by the way, enormously offensive to then Attorney General Janet Reno.)
Here's what McCain said back then (1998) to a group of Republican donors:
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father."
Well, the Republic donors paid John McCain back then. Maybe now it's time for the Clintons to make McCain pay.