I noticed over the long weekend an interesting development. It seems components of the MSM – for a long time, now, strong advocates of Team Obama – are starting to wake up to the realization that The One looks to be in over his head. This is from Mark Halperin of Time:
Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November’s elections.
With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
Took you long enough. Several of the blogosphere’s leading lights have commented on this. Ed Morrissey does his usual yeoman’s work:
Gee, who could have guessed that Obama didn’t have the skills or experience needed to handle the toughest executive position in the Free World? It’s not as if anyone pointed out that Obama never held an executive position in his life, had only three years in the US Senate, and just seven in the state legislature — where he cast over 130 “present” votes rather than go on the record on contentious issues. Did anyone highlight Candidate Obama’s connections to radicals, his insularity among his hard-Left patrons and advisers, and his utter lack of a record of accomplishment outside of getting himself elected?
Oh, wait …
As it turns out, incompetence and arrogance produce really bad results. Who’da thunk it?
Uhhh, that’s HoodaThunk?, thank you. Frankly, Halperin should be able to make the connection that Obama seemed so capable and presidential to the American public because that’s the picture he and his colleagues in the MSM painted and put on display for everyone to see. Plenty of his critics (me among them) were able to see these shortcomings very quickly and with publicly available research, I might add. Why didn’t Halperin and crew? Perhaps because they didn’t want to? Perhaps because they allowed their desire to participate in something historic to overwhelm their self-appointed duty of getting to the facts and informing America? Perhaps because their pride at feeling like they were the front-line standard bearers for “the day America began to change” made them ignore what was really there?
I’d like to think they’ll learn from this experience and maybe – just maybe – stick to the facts and do the hard reporting on both sides of a campaign. I’m not holding out much hope, but…