In This Is How They Campaign For Office I wrote:
“This is not just an accidental, glib, throw-away wingnut hit piece. This is part of a coordinated, researched, tested, professional character assassination campaign that will phase in and ramp up between now and the election. This is the modern Republican Party. This is Norquist’s Wednesday Meeting, and Karl Rove and the Wurlitzer, and cigarette company marketing people, and former CIA destabilization specialists all working together to do their job ON YOU! This is George Bush ‘staying above the fray’ while his subordinates engage in the nastiest kind of character assassination and voter manipulation — spreading lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear after lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear until even YOU hate Dean!“
It seems that we’re nearly there already. People are disappointed in Dean. OK, and I’ll get into that later. But think about this — if the nominee is Kerry, or Clark, or Edwards, it’s going to be the same story. They are going to find the weakness, and pound on it, and repeat their smears over and over, and, as I wrote previously, “engage in the nastiest kind of character assassination and voter manipulation — spreading lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear after lying, humiliating, ridiculing smear” until even YOU hate your nominee. BE READY FOR IT.