(Nothing in this case may be Barack Obama)
There has been a consistent thought in political circles for the past fifteen years or so. It is basically that the administration has been very good for its political opponents. That was said about the Clintons, it was said about Bush, and now seems to be a common thought among conservative sites and bloggers toward Obama. As bad as things are politically, all that seems to give opponents plenty of ammunition to use against him, or liberals in general. So the theory goes, anyway.
Oh, geez, I really put my wiener in it this time. Wait until we get home!
Remember the scandals of the Clinton years? No one has to remind people about Bush’s tenure. But in both of those at least we had a functioning press. I mean they were able to dig up things or research a story and, in the end, flush out the information a curious public wanted to know. But in this administration, a new era of dumbed down press has taken root. MSM is no longer interested in a story if it does not have the correct political bent. And now they seem more interested in running defense if major “press eruptions” do occur. (Especially if the administration is in the dock) Rather than cover the original story, they will act as apologists for Obama – on cleanup detail.
There might be lots of reasons for this but those may not be as important as the effect.
The thrill is gone. Those tingles up my leg are far and few between. Somebody buy me some viagra since my love is going fast and furiously.
After all, we saw how excited they were when Obama was elected. They certainly do not want to turn on him now and expose themselves as the shills they have been for him. No., not rocking the boat now is extremely important both to Obama and to a complicit press. Both are tied ideologically and strategically together. The MSM is content to sit back and wait for a story or scandal to break and then swat them down one at a time. (There are few exceptions to the rule)
One should be careful about thinking politics are good when we appear to have so much fodder to use against liberals. I think that kind of strategy, or thinking, works better for liberals. It may seem to make good filler for lots of conservative blogs to follow but what effect has it all had? To counter that conservative diligence, we still have the complicit media doing handstands to either ignore scandals or be apologists for the administration.
Not rushing to euphoria about the dire circumstances seems warranted to me. Even in this toxic atmosphere there is still a good chance he can be reelected. As long as he has a largely complicit media base front and center in his campaign, I’d say his chances are pretty good. I’ve seen nothing that makes me think that base is eroding or any less powerful than it has been. It is possible that they are so invested in his political survival it will not happen any time soon. The media may still have the influential power it has always had, to sway results, but you have to question their use of it at this time.