Then NBC's Matt Lauer interviewed John Edwards about how tough the general election was going to be, imagining a horrid fall campaign that's all about Reverend Wright. "You remember the swift-boating of John Kerry," he stated matter-of-factly. Notice how the big TV stars so naturally employ Democratic lingo in their questions, without adding any quote marks or distancing words like "alleged." It doesn't even occur to them that by using the "swift-boating" adjective, they're signaling to viewers that they believed Kerry, and not his bitter crewmates. He was a war hero, a man of honor, making them all lying guttersnipes and right-wing tools.
But the Electric Whine Orchestra really took off with the commentary magazine that calls itself "Newsweek." This parade of Democratic Party hacks spent the last election cycle shamelessly oozing like kids over a Sgt. Fury comic book, lapping up Kerry's war stories of coolness under fire. They began their May issues with a "Bubba Gap" cover story lamenting that Obama's shabby opponents hated intellectuals, just like their progenitors, Jew-baiting Father Coughlin, Red-baiting Joe McCarthy, and race-baiting George Wallace. These people pulled every rusty liberal wrench out of the toolbox.
Two weeks later, Newsweek was back on the Pout Patrol, lamenting Republicans for "successfully scaring voters since 1968." In another cover story/editorial, Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe declared the question of the year for McCain was whether he "can -- or really wants to -- rein in the merchants of slime and sellers of hate who populate the Internet and fund the 'independent expenditure' groups who exercise their freedom in ways that give a bad name to free speech."
In the liberal media's dream scenario, John McCain would be granted the autocratic power to shut down every "unfair" attack on Barack Obama's tax-and-spend liberalism, every "free speech abuse" reminding voters of his mockery of bitter working stiffs who cling to their rifles and religion, and every piece of "slime" that would suggest he'd manage the Pentagon with advice from MoveOn.org and Code Pink.
It would not be crazy in this electoral cycle to imagine that the vast right-wing donor army has no real ardor for conservative-spurning John McCain, and so they would rather spend their cash on anti-Obama ads instead of pro-McCain messages. But it would be crazy for anyone trying to paint himself as a straight shooter to discuss political negativity and ignore so shamelessly the ferocious forces on the left.