What it is ain't exactly clear.
There's a weird ebbing (I wouldn't call it a turning... yet) of the tide by some fairly staunch messengers of the Right. First, O'Reilly acknowledges that Obama had not been suggesting that Palin was the lipsticked pig. Then Rove says McCain "went too far" in his ads. And now, one of Fox's hounds, Megyn Kelly gives McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds the Campbell Brown treatment. There's a distinct possibility that it's just my political naïvete, and lack of first-hand familiarity with the day to day reporting of Fox, – and a couple of instances do not make a trend – but it seem like these two instances are not even remotely in the Fox playbook of the past eight years.
And then there's this: