More rampant soldier-hating among the crazy left.
For the record, here’s what I see is going on. Every campaign naturally follows the character of the guy in charge. John McCain has an insanely thin skin; whether it’s post traumatic stress disorder or because he’s naturally like that, even McCain’s Republican colleagues dread the thought of him near the nuclear trigger. I have a feeling that McCain saw the version of the interview that was dishonestly spliced together by FOX to make it look like Clark was saying more than he was and freaked out in typical McCain fashion.
The GOP ran with it mostly because it’s good politics to get outraged over something at least once a week. However, there’s something deeper at work as well. Note this bit from a Kevin Drum post:
Blog readers seem to exhibit strong homophily. That is to say, they overwhelmingly choose blogs that are written by people who are roughly in accordance with their political views. Left wingers read left wing blogs, right wingers read right wing blogs, and very few people read both left wing and right wing blogs. Those few people who read both left wing and right wing blogs are considerably more likely to be left wing themselves; interpret this as you like.
In other words, it’s almost impossible for rightwingers to read leftwing blogs. The message is pretty obvious, but I’ll belabor it anyway: modern conservatism either makes people amazingly sensitive to criticism or it preferentially attracts people who already are (nature vs. nurture? discuss.). The idea certainly fits with sociology studies linking conservatives with whiny kids who crave certainty and the comfort of authority. Bleeding heart liberals, environmentalists, peace activists and non-wealthy black people come in for plenty of abuse at the hands of big evil Hollywood and yet I somehow find myself able to sit through a movie without feeling compelled to write a five thousand word post defending my precious way of life against every hack writer.
It’s hardly possible to illustrate my point better than John McCain sending original swift boater Bud Day to tear his shirt and cry about Wesley Clark.
In other words, McCain and his party demand be protection against the kind of criticism that they throw at everyone else. It’s even funnier to see how the criticism that drives them into hysterics is comically weak tea compared to the kind of stuff that attack-mode conservatives, swifties, and angry-mode John McCain regularly dish out.