|July 29, 2008|
|Media Worm Begins to Turn on Obama|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|In the aftermath of Barack Obama's triumphant tour of the Middle East and Europe, the media worm is beginning to turn on the Illinois Senator. Gallup today reports Obama has a 49 percent to 40 percent edge over John McCain. That’s his biggest lead. |
Journos will not let that gap stand, or widen, heaven forbid. The media are out to do everything in their power to make sure Barry doesn’t blow the doors off the McCain campaign. Since a close horse race is the goal of political reporters, they will do anything short of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to drag McCain’s campaign across the finishing line.
That’s why the Wall Street Journal reported today that “elements” — apparently not the 200K people who cheered Barry in Berlin — are disappointed with his 10-day eight-nation grand tour. Those elements are a sorry and unrealistic bunch.
The elements are miffed that Obama doesn’t have a magic wand to wave over Iraq to make the U.S. troops just disappear and return home. Other elements wonder why Barry can’t just hammer out a peace deal with between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The Journal notes that French president Nicolas Sarkozy and conservative Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu both publicly praise Obama. That’s not enough because unnamed others fret that the Democrat’s tough rhetoric could undercut Iran’s willingness to negotiate a nuke weapons deal. If only Obama has a jug of pixie-dust….
The Financial Times, WSJ’s competitor, is singing the same tune. It headlined a piece, “Obama-love could hurt what it cherishes.” In other words, Obama’s rave reviews might turn off “Regular Joes,” a group that doesn’t normally wow the Continentals.
Sounding the gong of elitism, Chrystia Freeland, FT’s U.S. managing editor, believes the great unwashed want a guy they could share a beer with. They want someone (God, help us) like George W. Bush.
McCain may be a good barstool partner, but this blogger believes the beer test is a thing of the past. America wants a President who will make this country proud, even if he is a political superstar.
As long as Obama can deliver the goods, what is wrong with a little Pennsylvania Ave. star-power? That would be a refreshing change from the last nearly eight miserable years.
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