March 15, 2008


The story behind the story: Obama's pastor (Mike Allen, Mar 15, 2008, Politico)

Politicians know a troublesome story has “broken through” the Eastern media echo chamber when Jay Leno is laughing at them. [...]

The story had burst onto the radar screen of average Americans with as much velocity as any other story during the 2008 campaign.

Political reporters and editors were inundated with e-mails from red-state friends and relatives wanting to know why the brouhaha wasn’t getting more instant and constant coverage from every news outlet.

To reporters who had followed the campaign, it was an old, oft-written story. But this time it had video of Wright saying things like “U.S. of K.K.K.A.,” available on YouTube and played endlessly by cable news channels.

A key part of Obama’s case is electability — the notion that he can heal the nation’s red-blue divide by appealing to Republicans, or “Obamacans,” as he gleefully calls these crossover supporters.

And key to that was keeping America completely ignorant about the Senator's politics, substituting instead the post-partisan pabulum, an exercise the media was only too happy to connive in. But a candidate who can't afford public discussion of his background and views isn't capable of withstanding the long haul of a presidential election. Sooner or later -- and sooner if you're doing well -- stories break into public consciousness. As the story above suggests, those "Obamacans" and various cohorts of Democrats who aren't filled with self-loathing aren't going to enjoy finally being exposed to the real Obama.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2008 11:01 AM

And Hill ... not Johnny Mac ... will pay the price for the collective disenchantment. Delicious.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 15, 2008 5:19 PM