Arnold smears gives the lie to Liberal justification for Politics of Personal Destruction
Whether the target is Rush Limbaugh, William Bennett, Bob Livingston, Bob Barr or Henry Hyde, Liberals have routinely justified their glee at the smearing of political enemies, by appealing to the putative hypocricy of the person being attacked.
The Liberal perspective is that anyone who speaks up for standards of traditional morality is by definition judgemental, as well as hypocritical, unless they themselves have never transgressed the moral code they espouse. In this regard, political Liberals are more insightful than theological Liberals, in that the former recognize (without crediting) the Biblical truth that "all have sinned."
Because this is so, no one is qualified to defend moral standards (make that traditional moral standards), ever. This certainly takes the heat off of moral reprobates, so long as they themselves never take a stand for traditional moral standards.
So, taking Liberals at their word, how does one account for the Left's enthusiam for the October Surprise smear campaign against Arnold Schwarzenegger? Arnold certainly does not fit the Puritanical Moralizing Scold profile that Liberals claim justifies the politics of personal destruction, so could it be that the Left is simply willing to do anything -- anything, to win?
In a word, "YES".