The radio gabblers and the Internet nutcases will smear Clark because they and their master Karl Rove fear him.I still have to wonder if Clark would be in the running at all had it not been for the road being paved by Howard Dean. Dean essentially gave us credible permission to openly criticize the Crackhead Administration with a boldness that knocked the right - right on its ass. They still haven't come up with a plausible defense against it.
It will be interesting to see how much of this the Republicans can perpetrate before their tactics start to backfire. But their real problem is that they don't know any other way to win an election -- and their sinking numbers could soon give rise to panic. The more they attack Clark now, the more obvious it will become that he is the nominee of their nightmares.
I've devoted a lot of time and energy to Dean's run, so I'll admit it colors my view of this campaign. But while everyone is tripping over each other over the general's candidacy, y'all should give credit where it's due and give props to the guy who opened the door.