Thursday, April 17, 2008
Pro-Obama Dick Polman comes down hard on Obama:
For his performance in the debate. ("... if he still harbors any hopes of driving Hillary Clinton from the Democratic race by scoring an upset victory in Pennsylvania, he might be wise to get real.")
Totally agree with your analysis. I've been saying for weeks that Obama has to get real, and fast.
Obama's had to put up with more pure, unadulterated bullshit during this campaign than any other candidate in recent memory. Those questions came right out of the Sean Hannity playbook, and you and Polman both know it. They had absolutely zero to do with the issues Americans are concerned with. They were blantant attempts at character assassination by a media that has a vested interest in keeping Republicans in power.
Obama can't bowl. He doesn't wear a cheap flag pin with "Made in China" stamped on the back. He's had to put up with millionaire pundits questioning his patriotism. He's had to weather McCarthyite guilt-by-association smears. And yet he's still leading in the national tracking polls over Clinton despite the idiotic "Bittergate" nonsense.
Yeah, he's gonna lose Pennsylvania. Duh. We knew that two months ago. Hillary had a huge lead there. That lead has narrowed considerably. I wonder why that is?
And yet people like you and Polman insist on screeching "Eek! Eek! The sky is falling!" when it clearly isn't. Look, you don't support Obama. I get it, and I have no problem with that. But it's too bad your criticisms aren't based in reality. You've bought into the MSM's "unelectability" narrative despite:
Wash. Post/ABC News poll, April 16: Who has the best change in November - Obama 62 percent, Clinton 31. Those numbers in February: Clinton 47, Obama 42.
LA Times Poll, April 16: Which candidate shows more honesty and integrity - Obama 47, Clinton 26.
Wash. Post/ABC News: Among likely Democratic voters, who would you like to win the nomination - Obama 51, Clinton 41.
McCain is unelectable, and even Republicans know it. A vote for McCain is a vote for 100 years of war and a symbolic third term for Bush. Obama has to make American see that reality, and when they do, McCain's toast. Even the corporate media can't spin that narrative favorably. If flag pins and guilt-by-association are all the GOP has this fall, they got nothin'.
Who is it again that needs to get real, and fast? I know I'm going to, because from here on out I plan to frequent blogs that challenge Obama on the real issues, the ones that matter to Americans. He needs to be challenged. But not because an obscure blogger is upset at his refusal to pander to idiots whose brains have been melted into plastic by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs. Americans aren't buying that crap this time around. This time, it's serious.
This time it isn't serious. The media has no interest in a debate of ideas, and neither do the remaining candidates. Obama is a charming but vapid candidate whose ambiguity allows his cultish followers to see in him whatever they want to see, and protect him from media attacks in a similar way as Ronald Regan's vapid charm. The media isn't 'McCarthyite' or interested in character assassination-they are interested in gossip, trivia, fashion...Really, Obama is the perfect candidate for a shallow punditocracy, an escapist electorate and wealthy donors interested chiefly in maintaining the status quo. Provided that he says nothing of substance between now and November.