It's sometimes downright funny to watch the "mainstream media" try to appear unbiased. Today's example comes from USA Today, which, as editorial pages go, isn't bad — I've written for it, and they run a weekly column by Instapundit Glenn Reynolds. The staff editorial appears under the headline "Race to the right could run over GOP nominee: Our view." It expresses the worry that Republican candidates will run too far to the right in the primary to win a general election:
After their recent presidential losses, Republicans are hungry to get back into the White House. They have many bright, energetic and accomplished candidates. The question is whether they can rally behind one who's far enough into the political mainstream that it gives them a chance to win.
USA Today has a practice of inviting a disagreeing opinion from an outside contributor to run alongside its staff opinion. I'd expect that today's would come from someone arguing that Republicans shouldn't worry about running as conservatives, because Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush had success running as conservatives and getting elected, while when the party nominated more supposedly electable moderate candidates such as the George H.W. Bush (the second time around, after he raised taxes), John McCain, and Mitt Romney, they lost. Instead the "Another View" column comes from the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose contribution is headlined, "GOP offers new faces, stale ideas: Another view/None of the Republican candidates so far can grow their party."
In other words, the op-ed page offers two views: a staff editorial worrying that Republicans will be too right-wing, and the "another view" column arguing that all the Republicans are too right wing! It's not really "another view" — it's the same view, which is that a principled free-market or pro-freedom approach is somehow too scary or extreme or bad. Have a look at the editorial and "another view" column yourself and see what I mean if, like me, you see the humor in this sort of thing.