Like one of those interstellar black holes that draw in everything around them—even light—the current presidential campaign's nasty partisan whorl has sucked up a whole host of seemingly irrelevant topics. Take ketchup. Because Democratic challenger John Kerry's wife is heir to the Heinz family fortune, some Republicans have shunned the use of H.J. Heinz Co. products, especially the company's signature ketchup line, because it might benefit the Kerry campaign. There is even a Republican ...

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