Liberal newspaper people are so predictable when it comes to internal party fights. If it's inside the Republican Party, it's the conservative Republicans who are wrong. If inside the Democratic Party, it's the conservative Democrats who are wrong.
The Washington Post recently gave us a case study in this slanted worldview. On Dec. 14, they splashed across the front page an article by reporter Michael Leahy on an obscure California Republican assemblyman named Anthony Adams. The charge: He betrayed his no-new-taxes vow and supported a $12 billion tax increase. The Post analysis: Adams was savaged by the "toxic infighting" of nasty conservatives, who moved (unsuccessfully) to recall him from office.
On the front page, Leahy described how the obscure Adams became "a symbol of California Republicans' chaos and destructive divisions." An entire page inside the paper was set aside for the sympathetic chronicle of how Adams was subjected to death threats and less frightening hostility from conservatives -- including his own mother-in-law. Adams was portrayed as lovable, "bearded and portly," favoring colorful sweaters to stuffy suits and ties. He was a man for whom conservatism faded as reality made its demands: "the exigencies of government collided with his pledge against more taxes." You could almost smell the growth.
The Post highlighted in large type the words of moderate Tom Campbell: "I don't think it's good for our party to go into a circular firing squad." The Post never considered the troublesome reality that it was Adams who first opened fire by breaking his word to his constituents and betraying his party.
The California story is part of a series that underscores the leftist slant in the Post. It argued that the GOP has "begun to revive," but it "has not regained the confidence of voters, lacking both a positive agenda and a new generation of identifiable leaders." That's not an editorial. That's the company rationale for an entire series of Republican-trashing articles.
You might consider those words a mission statement for the Washington Post's reportage on Republicans. It reads like it's designed to prevent a GOP revival, prevent their positive agenda and prevent the emergence of inspiring new leaders.
Now dig back to the Post on Dec. 8, and see how a man who dares to be different inside the Democratic caucus is treated. Suddenly, the gloves come off and the reporters start swinging. Note the personal disgust in the very first paragraph of a Joe Lieberman story by Lois Romano and Alec MacGillis: