What World is This?
Ana Marie Cox, aka "Wonkette", was interviewed by Newsweek's Richard Wolffe. The comment below expresses exactly why the Democratic Party is in a nose-dive:
RW: What did you think of the bloggers' role in the Dan Rather affair?
AMC: I think they did a disservice to the debate because they made the debate about the documents and not about the president of the United States. There was another half to that story that had to do with verifiable events of what Bush may have been up to.
Earth to Airhead: The documents WERE the story. They were fabricated, and poorly done at that. The data within those documents was NOT accurate. The entire fiasco was a fraud, perpetrated against the American people, the President, and the Republican Party, for political gain. The "story" in the documents was false. The documents the "story" was based upon was false. That, to most people, would say the only "story" was, indeed, the FALSE, MISLEADING, AND FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS. The story was also the failure of Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and the CBS News staff to verify the legitimacy of the documents. The story was the desire on the part of CBS News and all players to try to destroy the political candidacy of an incumbent president so that it overcame their inbred caution. The story is that they got caught lying through their teeth.
There is NO story about the President, because there is no shred of evidence that anything in the documents was true. There is NO story about the Republican Party "stonewalling", "misleading", or "hiding the facts", because there was nothing to stonewall, no need to "mislead", because there were no facts in the documents Dan Rather tried to use against the President and the Republican Party.
George Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard honorably, and received an honorable discharge. There is no verifyable evidence to the contrary. There are only a handful of fraudulent documents, produced by a guy named Bill Burkett on a personal computer, using MS Word fonts and format, probably in the last year, and faxed to CBS from Texas. The only "story" about the whole mess is the story of the fraudulent documents, and CBS News' attempt to use them to attack the President. Period. Full Stop. End of Story.
If Wonkette, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and all the other conspiracy nuts among the Looney Liberal Left cannot understand AND ACCEPT that truth, then their behavior will continue to drive sane, intelligent people into the Republican camp, or to opt out of the Democratic Party by filing as Independent or Unaffiliated Voters. Either way, the Democratic Party can only hasten its decline by continuing to accept and encourage these wild charges and unsubstantiated attacks.