Think of it as a Sneak Preview of 2008
By Ed Driscoll · February 3, 2005 12:11 AM · The Making of the President
In his Weekly Standard column, Hugh Hewitt writes:
THE SECOND SUBJECT for mulling is John Kerry's extraordinary interview with Tim Russert last Sunday. There's a lot to absorb here, including Kerry's assertion that he did indeed run guns and CIA men into Cambodia on secret missions--and to aid the Khmer Rouge no less!In a sense, the way that the press acted in 2004 is a carryover from Hillary Clinton's 2000 campaign for the Senate. Before she decided to run, every pundit said, "wait 'til the press gets a hold of her! She'll whither under the pressure from all the tough questions about her past and her lust for even more power beyond the Senate."
Never happened. Hillary and the New York press was a love story straight out of Erich Segal. They never layed on a glove on her--never even tried--to the point that Hillary seemed genuinely surprised when Rick Lazio, her erstwhile opponent, tried to attack her positions during the debates.
Hillary Clinton's election was a cakewalk in 2000, and John Kerry and the press no doubt felt that 2004 should have much the same for him as well. (There was a headline from an Australia's The Age back in August that summed the year up perfectly, "Anti-Kerry ad mars presidential campaign"--as if the job was Kerry's merely for the asking.)
Fortunately, the Blogosphere and the Internet's ability to help the Swift Boat Vets get their message out interceded. It will be interesting to see how the Blogosphere performs in three years--particularly if 2008 is an attempt at filming Hillary: The Sequel.
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