As much as I want to believe this, I tend to think Tom is right. I can't envision any scenario where the media can't or won't shield the Democrat establishment from public accountability.
When I said Obama could torch an orphanage on TV and still enjoy their support, I wasn't exaggerating by all that much.
If some Dems get caught in a serious criminal scandal, morality will get real relative real quick. The presumption of innocence will suddenly become the paramount value of an enlightened society, and jumping to conclusions will be so last year.
The pundits will suddenly find the dots impossible to connect. Chuck Todd will look like Brian Stelter trying to make sense of the Jussie Smollett story (see clip below).
Even if a Dem or group of Dems were in so deep they became too much of a liability to protect, they would be sacrificed and scapegoated. They would be cast out for bringing shame upon their virtuous Democrat colleagues by engaging in the kind of corruption we expect from Republicans.
The moral of the story becomes principled Democrats cleanse their own ranks of ne'er-do-wells, unlike Republicans who rally behind theirs.
Think they'll have any trouble convincing your liberal buddies in California?
Hell, If they got caught red handed it wouldn't surprise me to see them say the whole thing is a Republican conspiracy, call for impeachment, and have the mass media push that narrative. That's not too far removed from what they're doing now.