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Opening Arguments

So's yer old man

The National Review on the Obama campaign's efforts to slime Joe Lieberman, helped by an in-the-tank Newsweek:

Newsweek has a piece this week on Barack Obama — titled “His Jewish Problem: A Myth?” — that is an absolutely Herculean feat of water-carrying for the Illinois senator. But before tackling the factual problems, the article's biggest problem needs to be addressed — Newsweek aids and abets the Obama campaign's decision to slander Joe Lieberman.

And here's somebody at the Huffington Post on how the "right's smear machine" works on Obama:

Far-right blogs post something. Then a site higher up their food chain picks it up, like NewsMax, CNSNews, WorldNetDaily or Politico. Then the Drudge Report or Moon's Washington Times gets it from there and spreads the story further. Somewhere in there Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity talks about it on the air. Finally the corporate media picks it up and uses the excuse that "the story is circulating."

Is it only June? Even those of us with a relatively high tolerance for "it's the other side that's dirty" nonsense are going to be thoroughly sick and tired of politics by November.