Rick Perlstein has a great piece in today's Washington Post that compares right wing rage of yesteryear with the carnival sideshow we're seeing today. He notes that the media enables such insanity today in ways that it didn't used to do:
TPM has posted a reader's note about the reaction this should engender among those who are currently so befuddled by this crazier-than-a-shithouse-rat ranting that keeps getting so much play in the media:
All the broadcast MSM does is report what politicians say. They don't fact check them. Afterwards, they have blowhards sit around in panels and have disingenuous spin-meister discussions about whether or not what was said is playing well with the general public...
If the Republicans are lying -- and they are -- we have to call them on it. If we don't, no one will. And by "we", I mean our politicians. They have to say, "Stop lying." If they say that, the blowhards will say, "Do people like it when the president calls his opponents liars?" And after that, they'll say, "Is it a lie to say that there will be death panels?"
This is exactly what Kerry did when he got swiftboated. The whole, "This is so stupid, and so insulting, I won't even dignify it with a response," response. It's why he lost. If you don't dignify something with a response, the other side controls the entire discussion.
That's exactly right, and if Democrats don't start doing something about getting over the Stockholm syndrome that makes them refuse to "dignify" such lies with a rebuttal, they'll cede the discussion and lose the argument...again.