“The press will torment Obama, too.” Anyone who thinks this won’t happen to either Obama or Clinton, who ever the nominee is, is dreaming. The Republican Noise Machine will kick in… Eric Boehlert noted on Media Matters today:
With Sen. Barack Obama now emerging as the Democratic front-runner, clear signs suggest that his press treatment will soon change and that the media will fall back into their routine of viewing — and critiquing — leading Democrats through the eyes of Republican spin. […]
… Obama is not immune to bad press — bad press that has nothing to do with his past, his policies, or his campaign platform. But bad press that journalists essentially concoct, the way they do every four years when a Democrat eyes the White House.
Point blank, neither of our candidates will be immune to attacks from the Noise Machine. The question is who will handle the attacks better. I don’t think the “you can’t say that about Barack Obama” routine will hold up come general election season and I just don’t see him to be the fighter that Clinton is. Just my 2 cents.
Someone needs to tell Michelle that she can’t begin to compare Barack’s ’04 Senate race to what he’ll get hit with. John McCain made the point today that Obama is campaigning on the “past.” I think we’ll see more of this from McCain. It won’t hurt Obama with Democrats but could bite into the Independents and Republicans for Obama who may not be 100% sold. I spoke with a local merchant the other day who told me he voted for Clinton in the CA primary, as an Independent, but he’ll vote for McCain in the general if Obama is the nominee. He had one precise reason — McCain is experienced like Clinton, Obama is not.