Question of The Day

What if Barack Obama started to receive the “Hillary treatment”? Follow up: If Barack Obama were running against anyone other than Hillary, would he get away with comments like these?

I ask this because Big Tent Democrat at TalkLeft has his Obama Media Darling Theory. Latest installment here. It seems like he really believes that Obama will always remain the media darling. I happen to believe that the only reason Obama is the media darling is because he is running against the dreaded Clintons. Since we disagree, we are left in essentially with an impasse. I won’t argue my point other than to point people to Kerry’s treatment before and after he claimed the Dem nomination in 2004. But what if Obama loses media darling status?

Obama is running no better than Hillary against McCain. In fact, in some of the important, electoral vote rich swing states, he’s performing worse than Hillary against McCain. This despite the benefit of current “Media Darling” status. A lot of people seem to be betting on Obama receiving such glowing press coverage. But what if?

Update: Its obvious from the comments that I wasn’t entirely clear. I’m convinced that the only reason Obama is the “Media Darling” is because he’s running against Hillary and if he were running against anyone else (e.g. McCain) he’d be creamed by the press. I was being sarcastic because the “Media Darling” theory is something I find absurd if you are using it to show Obama is more electable than Hillary against McCain. Despite being hated by the media Hillary is doing at least as well as Obama.

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12 Responses to Question of The Day

  1. Pingback: A Significant Part Of Obama’s Message | Comments from Left Field

  2. 4dudley says:

    Obama on small-town PA: Clinging to religion, guns, xenophobia

    Huffpo’s Mayhill Fowler has more from Obama’s remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser Sunday, and they include an attempt to explain the resentment in small-town Pennsylvania that won’t be appreciated by some of the people whose votes Obama’s seeking:

    You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

    And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

  3. from swimming freestyle:

    “Barack Obama is a remarkably eloquent man and turning into a remarkably capable politician. But if the Senator believes it’s smart to insult voters from a state critical to your success, he’s hit one of the worst false notes yet in his campaign.

    Yeah, I know what his campaign said, and that may have been what he meant. But a sophisticated candidate doesn’t refer to voters in language that can be construed as derogatory or insulting. Obama asserted Pennsylvania voters are bitter and so simple and lacking in maturity and intelligence that they address their frustration by clinging to primitive and reactionary crutches rather than addressing their problems in constructive ways.

    It’s divisive. And not the way to attract the voters you need most.”

    http://swimmingfreestyle.typepad.com

  4. Pat J says:

    Is this what “we are who we have been waiting for” means? It will be interesting to see how the people in PA vote on the 22nd. Open mouth, insert foot.

  5. Gilbert

    Mark my words Obama will get the treatment from the media if he becomes the nominee.

  6. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Gilbert,in all due respect,could care less what Obama has to say and he lost me a long time ago at fact check and his accomplishments compared to Clinton!! Study it and you’re done and Clinton’s hired,stick a fork in it ! Done deal !! Go figure why this race is so close!!

  7. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Speeches vs solutions is reality in the world of Obama in comparison to Clinton!!

  8. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Don’t get lost in the media and go to fact check and research! Yahoo Clinton!

  9. Zee says:

    The context, all the Obamafans are always screaming!

    Well, let’s take the context of this gaffe: he was explaining the bitterness of poor small town folk to….. all the millionaires on Billionaire Row in San Francisco during his super-secret mega-fundraising drive.

    No media, no advance notice to all the little people of San Francisco because we wouldn’t want them to get the idea that all those millions might not REALLY come from tiny donations from regular people, would we? They might get bitter at being deceived!

  10. Zee says:

    And to answer the question, there’s no question about it…Obama will not remain the media darling. But meanwhile, while MSNBC is ignoring this story, CNN is blaming Hillary for “over-reacting” to it and even Fox News, while mentioning that Obama was fundraisinf didn’t put the remarks in their full context…that he was fundraising on Billionaire Row.

    Check out the photos. Some intrepid reporters still exist:

    http://www.zombietime.com/obama_visits_billionaires_row/

  11. Gilbert Martinez says:

    I don’t think there is a question that Obama will get “the Hillary/Kerry/Gore” treatment should he be the nominee. What is impressive about Hillary is that she is right there in the thick of things. Obama, despite a press that is essentially a branch of his communications team, is not doing much better than Hillary who gets little non-hostile press.

  12. McCain got blessed by being annointed early.

    He has no money, he has no personality, and he doesn’t have a clue about most things. He’s ridden the POW pony until it’s long past ready to drop. Starting in a couple of months he gets put on an even playing field for the first time and that will leave him so far behind so fast that even Bob Dole will look like a political genuis.

    (For the kids out there, Bob Dole was the Republic who got his ass kicked by Bill Clinton in 1996.)