In an earlier post I reproduced an article that details the horror of Chris Matthew's campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton. Matthews devoted all of 1999 to a similar campaign against Al Gore. The Daily Howler said in 2002, "Among major pundits, [Matthews] was almost surely the most enthusiastic trasher of Gore. He liked to combine smutty sexual jibes with moronic observations about Gore’s movements and clothing." Matthews called Gore "the bathtub ring," "dim-witted" and "a man-woman" (the latter in a bizarre attack on Al's three-button suits) and said he looked "un-American". One of Matthews' favorite insults was, "Gore would do anything to become president - even lick the floor." It sounds so juvenile now that it defies belief that anyone could have taken it seriously, but at the time Matthews' attack was extremely effective in eroding the seriousness of Gore's candidacy.
We let ourselves get manipulated into not electing Gore and not electing Kerry. Every time we say we won't get fooled again. But here we are and it's happening again, RIGHT NOW. I'm not saying that people should not support Obama. I'm saying that Hillary is being attacked because she's the Democratic front-runner, and is being set up as evil, manipulative, status quo, etc - and if Obama wins, the same thing will happen to him.