The good news is that the information flow was immediate and unrestricted. May it ever be so. The bad news is that the reaction spread instantly, and that first impressions are difficult to reverse much less erase.
The first negative burst came before lunch was served, and asked “Should we be preparing for the worst?” By the time the channel turned to Fox News a few hours later, the analysis had turned “sour,” and dismay, even panic and anger had set in among Bush supporters. Not only had AP polling shown that Americans believed the war in Iraq was going badly, they also believed the economy was in the tank, and now disaster. Before long, though, it began to emerge that “that much of the media’s narrative…so far looks to be very much wide of the mark.”
On the Harriet Miers nomination, the contributors to NationalReview’s must-read group blogs, The Corner and Bench Memos, are not yet at the “Karl Rove is brilliant” mark which online editor Katherine Jean Lopez reached on election night 2004 at 10:24 PM or to the point where Ramesh Ponuru admitted concern over posting policy that he hit at 10:26 AM the next morning, but I suspect the trajectory of opinion on the Miers nomination will move in the same direction.
This isn’t a torpedo aimed at my friends at NRO. The editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, was one of the ‘sour’