From now on Bush followers can spare the outrage when people use phrases like ‘Dear Leader.’ In a free country, for example in the country that once sat between the Atlantic and Pacific, Mexico and Canada, networks do not feel pressured to turn away independent ads that might make the leading party uncomfortable. We don’t live there anymore. Same geographic location, different country.
We might get back a bit of what we had if the GOP goes down in a glorious wreck this November, but I wouldn’t get excited just yet. Here’s a simple metric – count the days it takes each network to put up a graphic reading: Have the Democrats Gone Too Far? It doesn’t really matter what the actual topic is, since it is hard to imagine an area of government which the GOP has not pushed to ludicrous extremes. Inevitably the Dems will try to push some policy topic back into sane world and one of the David Broders will declare his feelings hurt.
I give FOX news about five hours since the very concept of Democrats in charge ought to offend them. ABC, which has recently declared its fealty to the crazy-right FOX News base, will take about a week. CBS? NBC? We know that it is only a matter of time before everybody invites Boehner and Mitch McConnell to tut-tut about how uncouth the Dems have become in their majority.