Heard on the Hill

Hank Gets Hosed

The super PAC thing has gotten so out of hand that influence peddlers are now viciously attacking other species. An unsettling turn of events could make a four-legged fighter's campaign to claim Virginia's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat no walk in the park.

It was just a few short weeks ago that "Hank," the frisky feline from Fairfax County announced his intention to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Links to the fluff-filled campaign site flooded reporters' inboxes. Local newscasts ate it up.

Faster than you can say "swift boat," the attacks ads started coming.

The Canines for a Feline Free Tomorrow super PAC began planting seeds of doubt in this opening salvo: