Yeah. That's The Problem
My response to this was "what's this 'imagine' word?" Call it fourteen months, and that's exactly what we got. But perhaps the writer has a narrower definition of "allies" than I do, because she continues with, "Having trouble?" The rest of the article is how the Democrats aren't mean and tough enough to attack Republicans and how, in their innocent goodness, just can't understand why people would believe nasty lies about them in time to counteract the eeeeeevil Right.
Hogwash. Character attacks work when (a) the attack is accurate, and (b) it's an issue. Bill Clinton fulfilled (a), but the times did not fulfill (b). Attacks on George W. Bush don't work very well because he actually is a decent man, not the murdering greedy arrogant S.O.B. the attacks make him out to be. John Kerry suffered because he really did have a character problem about being steadfast and strong, and by running on his Vietnam experience he made character an issue.
(I do hope the article was run as an opinion piece and not a news or analysis one, though. It makes [incorrect, to my mind] judgements about the characters of Gore and Kerry that no news piece ought to make.)