Today I read the first of what I'm sure will be many investigative pieces about even the most trivial parts of Mitt Romney's life story. Most journalists simply never found their investigative instinct when it came to covering Barack Obama. (In the same way that comedians never found their humorous instinct when it came to Obama, which is what makes this Maureen Dowd column claiming all the jokes about Obama that could be made have already been made so hilarious.) It's hard to run a campaign against both a political opponent and a fawning media.
But unlike 2008, those running to unseat President Obama this year have a huge advantage. And it looks like the Republicans have figured out how to exploit that advantage: