"These are analogous, how?" Kurtz’s comparison is, for lack of a better word, ridiculous. In Digby’s example, Republicans were dishing dirt, which turned out to be false, about an innocent family. In Kurtz’s examples of Bush administration wrongdoing, unknown insiders came forward with evidence, which turned out to be true, about a White House that was pushing the legal boundaries of executive power to the breaking point.
... that way, he achieves the "balance" so crucial to The Culture of The Village. A Republican has done this. A Democrat has done that. Therefore it's all equal. (Though it requires you to ignore that "this" is planting stories about John Edwards' hair, while "that" is the soul-wrenching shame of Abu Ghraib. But the important thing is that the story has one R and one D in it.)
Clearly, people on the right are very, very angry right now and they are lashing out at their most hated enemies: Americans who disagree with them. The question is, why are they suddenly ratcheting up the rhetoric?