It’s hard to remember just now, but Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller was initially ballyhooed as a serious non-partisan news gathering organization that would pursue stories the “liberal media” ignored for partisan reasons, but wouldn’t wallow in the muck.

Right now the site is going to the mats to defend an increasingly suspect but long-standing set of claims that Sen. Bob Menendez paid for sex from prostitutes hired by a man who was subsequently investigated by the FBI on charges that do not seem to have anything to do with prostitution.

On another front, the DC seems to be determined to slut-shame Ashley Judd out of a potential race against Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, beginning with a snarky piece on her nude film appearances. Needless to say, Scott Brown did not get this kind of treatment from conservative media when he ran for the Senate after posing nude for a Cosmopolitan center-fold. And if actors are going to be held responsible for the poses they assume in acting roles, it’s time to retroactively impeach former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on multiple counts.

In any event, the DC’s continued descent into tabloid-land in pursuit of partisan hit jobs–taking out a Democratic senator in New Jersey and making sure one is not elected in Kentucky–is doing some serious damage to what’s left of its reputation. What I don’t know is if Tucker Carlson still cares.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.