Andrew's latest target is Sarah Palin, whose "muscular femininity" (to coin, I think, a phrase) may be the thing that has Andrew so out of sorts. I think, too, that with the likes of Frum and Krauthammer, there is a certain "not of the Beltway" alien-ness to Palin that he is having a hard time coming to grips with. I have heard it said that Reagan has returned, except he's now a she. Maybe. But I think the Teddy Roosevelt analogy might work better: a reformer outdoorsman at home hunting wild animals, raising a family, and being a leader.
So, Andrew is at it again, smearing Palin with innuendo in a manner that would make a sophomore co-ed blush (I won't grace Andrew with a link; if you want it, read Barnett's piece linked below). State just enough to create the false impression that Palin is implicated in the divorce proceedings of her husband's former business associate, but don't state it outright. Don't be a journalist, in other words, but a malicious gossip.
Here is an excerpt from Dean Barnett's take on the smearing of Sarah:
Thus, the method of the smear mechanism reveals itself – print a lot of speculative crap, all while maintaining a malign indifference as to whether or not you can prove said speculative crap. Actually nailing down a story before running it? That’s so 20th century, at least in the virtual pages of the Atlantic. Doing actual reporting to confirm life-damaging rumors before circulating them? Such quotidian tasks are obviously beneath an Atlantic blogger’s pay grade.