Thursday, February 14, 2008

Obama and Co., those pundits are fickle...

Since it's Valentine's Day, I'll write about a love affair. I'd start from this awesome post that looks at the media obsession with tearing down Hillary Clinton on superficial qualities, from her laugh to her hair.

In case anyone is willfully clueless, let me spell it out.

  • Since 1991, the national media and punditry has yearned to attend the political funeral of a Clinton.
  • From the shutdown to the impeachment to health care, the Clintons have arisen to live again. The mouthpiece of impotent pundits, David Broder, famously declared about Bill that "he came in here and he trashed the place, and it's not his place." Obviously, it's the media's place.
  • The media is faint with excitement at the prospect of the political funeral of Hillary Clinton.
  • Barack Obama is the means to that end. Thus, the idea of an Obama win is very important to the pundits.

This is the part that many folks just refuse to understand. Even the hopiest of hopeful hopes only gets you so far, but a media who began writing Hillary's obituary due to her loss of the Washington and Maine caucuses will seize any switch with which to beat the Clintons. The media doesn't love Obama...they just hate Hillary. Sorry but true.

Which brings us to the last point...

Once Obama has won, the crush is over. He has served his purpose. Punditry, Inc. may like Obama and certainly find him useful, but they love themselves some McCain. And anyone who things that the media love affair with Obama will trump their lifelong infatuation with Maverick McCain is in for a severe disappointment.

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