Here’s what The Party has in store for us. They are going to get Democrats together in focus groups, and they’re going to ask them, “If you learned that so-and-so happened, would this cause you to stop supporting Democratic candidates?” When they find some things that make enough Democrats answer “Yes,” then you’ll start seeing stories in the paper saying that whatever it was that caused them to say yes really happened. Then the stories will turn into whirlwinds and you’ll be hearing the story from all directions. Years from now the press will be repeating the story as fact.
In other words, if they learn that Democrats will stop supporting their candidate if they learn that the candidate said that polar bears should be trapped and moved to France, then you are going to start hearing stories about how the candidate said that polar bears should be trapped and moved to France, even though the candidate never said any such thing.
This will happen over and over again between now and the election, made-up story after made-up story, until even you are so fed up with the Democratic candidate that you’ll be thinking of not voting at all, maybe even voting for Bush.
Get ready for it. It will happen. It’s what they do.