Are we finally seeing realistic analysis of Barack Obama coming from the lamestream media? In an article at National Post, written by Rex Murphy: "The media's love affair with a disastrous president."
I just have one question. Where were these people in 2007-2008? Murphy informs us that much of the Obama coverage during the campaign and his first couple of years as president was "orchestrated sychophancy [sic]." NO KIDDING. So where were you, Rex Murphy, when this guy was campaigning for his first term as president?
From Murphy's article: "The media trashed Hillary. They burned Republicans. They ransacked Sarah Palin and her family. But Obama, the cool, the detached, the oracular Obama--he strolled to the presidency."
This is a good article and worth the read: "Palin, in particular, stands out as Obama's opposite in the media's eyes. As much as they genuflected to the one [the Won], they felt the need to turn rotweiler toward the other. If Obama was sacred, classy, intellectual, and cosmopolitann, why then Palin must be malevolent, trashy, dumb, and pure backwoods-ignorant."
Update. Then there's the Chicago Tribune, editorializing that maybe it's time for Obama to withdraw from 2012: "Why Obama should withdraw" by Steve Chapman, who says "The vultures are starting to circle."
Then on one of the Sunday shows, George Will delivered a really devastating smackdown of The Won: "His default position is to give a speech. He has astonishing faith in his persuasive powers. It's refuted by the evidence. He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown. Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who is now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who is now governor. He campaigned for the health care plan extensively. It became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats. They were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics. Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has rhetorical powers that he is relying on."
Oh, and P.S. This is reported by the Los Angeles Times. We recall how urgently Obama has been speaking about passing the jobs bill "Now!" Even though it's taken him 961 days of his presidency to talk so urgently about jobs. So where is the bill that the president is so urgently browbeating to pass NOW? Well, it hasn't actually been written yet, but it will probably be ready in a week or two. And then it won't be taken up by the Senate until sometime after they return from "recess."
This is from Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union":
CROWLEY: When is the bill going to get to the floor?
DURBIN [Dick Durbin, Democrat Senator]: The bill is on the calendar. Majority leader Reid moved it to the calendar. It is read and poised. There are a couple other items we may get into this week not on the bill and some related issues that may create jobs. But we're going to move forward on the president's bill. There will be a healthy debate. I hope the Republicans will come to...
CROWLEY: After the recess, so next month? Or when will it actually begin to act on?
DURBIN: I think that's more realistic it would be next month.