Imagine a Democratic presidential candidate and his allies assailing the character of the Republican nominee in ads and speeches every day for eight months.
Having trouble? That's because Democrats generally don't have the stomach or the discipline to do it. Often they don't even effectively fight back when under attack themselves.
The rest of the article is about how the oh-so-innocent, squeaky-clean John Kerry didn't realize that he had to defend himself against the baseless attacks from the mean old Republicans. You know, those lying Nazis the Democrats are always not talking about.