Is that so.
If by "above the fray" he means baldly lying about Barack Obama as favoring "comprehensive sex education" for kindergarteners, a bogus trope exhumed and recycled from Alan Keyes's abysmal failure of a 2004 Senate campaign, then I guess that counts as "above the fray."
Here's some information on the "Age Appropriate Sex Education Grant Program," the latest — as in, most legible — version of a State bill that Barack Obama, while an Illinois senator, deliberated on (neither sponsored nor, as John McCain's "approved message" falsely puts it, "accomplished") in committee, including a link to the full text of the proposed legislation.
Requires all instruction to be age appropriateHorrifying, yes?
Requires teaching that abstinence is the only sure way to avoid pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases
Allows for local control — local schools and other community groups still decide what they teach while this program gives them more choices
Arms youth with information on how to avoid unwanted verbal, physical and sexual advances, and in addition, on how not to make those advances
The last point, in fact, was Obama's main concern with the kindergarten set, and most definitely not that they would be treated to "comprehensive sex education," as he explained several years ago.
Indeed, the same concerns addressed in comic books distributed to the Cub Scouts. Is John McCain going to lie about them next?
Above the fray? Not quite. More like headlong into the gutter.