Snff, Snff: I Smell Focus Group

by Jonah Goldberg

In the run-up to his presidential campaign then Vice-President George Herbert Walker Bush made the tactical decision to go after the — objectively — liberal media. It was a calculated ploy and it worked. Something similar seems to be going on with the Democrats these days. First Tom Daschle goes after Rush Limbaugh for reasons that can only have to do with the internal dynamics of the Democratic Party. Now, Al Gore gives this bizarre interview to the New York Observer which Kathryn posted below. Gore claims that the media is dominated by rightwingers. Call me crazy, but I bet you rank-and-file Democrats, the ones who vote in primaries, spend a lot of time fuming at Fox News. They are also staggered and bewildered that they are on the losing side of American political history and are in deep denial about it. So perhaps this is a theme that tests extremely well in Democratic focus groups. If so, expect a lot more of it.

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