"Discerning voters will notice that the more reputable organs of the national press have not cast doubt on Kerry's Vietnam service. That is because political attacks on it don't pass the smell test."One can imagine this version from 100 years ago:
"Discerning travelers will notice that the more reputable coachmakers have not dabbled with horseless carriages. The very idea of a horseless carriage doesn't pass the smell test."The blogosphere and talk radio live. Deal with it.