Barack Obama is endangering his status as the media darling of the 2008 presidential campaign. In fact, he has been the villain in the campaign story over the last few days. Two decisions — one small and one large — showed the dangers he faces. And a third showed that the post-racial candidate is no longer in evidence. It is no secret that the media has been openly rooting for Obama for months. His gaffes would have felled other candidates, his relationship with hate-mongering preachers would have disqualified mere mortal candidates and, of course, his lack of any national record of accomplishment might have prevented all much the most ego-inflated from even mounting a White House run. But it was hanging together fairly well until last week.
The trigger for the downward slide was his decision to abandon public financing. The decision made cold political sense given his likely enormous advantage over the McCain camp but there were two complicating factors: he had shaped his career as a “reformer” and he specifically promised that he would take public financing and the rules that go along with it.
Moreover, many of his good government, liberal allies were distressed. What’s more, they went public with their distress.
And for once, the media joined in the Obama-bashing and perhaps was even harsher. It was the “low point” according to a usually sympathetic David Brooks. Clearly, the press, which had sheltered Obama from virtually every dicey incident to date, had had enough. The criticism was sharp and virtually uniform. When added to his decision to duck town hall meetings with McCain –which Obama had also said he would do, before he thought better of it — the dean of the mainstream media, David Broder was forced to admit that Obama’s “motives” might be open to question.
This will not matter to the ‘progressive’ media. They will forgive the favorite son. The same goes for the Leftist elites. The masses of dullards in this nation, as I think the article points to, just follow, like lemmings.
All of these people wanted “change”. Unfortunately, lies, other deceitful items, gaffes, or listening to sermons for 20 years, on “whitey” and how dreadful it is to live in Dred Scott America, will matter not. People want change and they will probably get it. It will be for the worse, the change that is, but honestly, they could give a damn.