Wow, Politico really is a pathetic joke, isn’t it? Ben Smith & Carrie Budoff Brown wrote the following drivel Thursday:
As Sarah Palin transforms herself from obscure Alaska governor to
the Republican Party’s newest rising star and most effective attack dog, Barack Obama’s campaign will largely sit back, watch her rise and hope she falls.
The Obama campaign has no silver bullet to use against the Palin. Instead, Obama has decided to largely avoid directly engaging her and will instead keep his focus largely on John McCain [wow, you mean they’re going to focus on their actually opponent?] and on linking the Republican ticket to President George W. Bush. [Ah, yes, nothing says “desperation” like trying to link a sitting Senator to a term-limited President he’s repeatedly fought with. So much for actually trying to attack their opponent] The Obama campaign will leave Palin to navigate the same cycle of celebrity that Obama has weathered, and the same peril that her nascent image will be defined by questions and contradictions from her Alaska past.
Obama also avoided directly engaging Palin and her criticism. [Hard to counter criticism that’s all true, after all. Oh, well, I guess we won’t ever get to find out what a “community organizer actually is.] “John McCain’s running for president; I’m running against John McCain and as far as I can tell, I don’t get a sense that Gov. Palin has ideas that are different from John McCain’s,” [Oh, if only that were true] he told reporters in York, Pa., Thursday. “That speech she delivered was on behalf of John McCain and the essential question of this campaign is who’s got a better plan, a better agenda to move this country forward and fundamentally change it from the economic and foreign policy failures that we’ve seen over the last eight years.” [Yep, must reverse the defeat of the Taliban, and of Saddam. Must overturn victory in Iraq.]
Obama also suggested that he’d be relying on the same press that has obsessively examined his life to pick apart Palin’s. “You know the notion that any questions about her work in Alaska is somehow not relevant to her potentially being vice president of the United States doesn’t make too much sense to me,” he said. “I think she’s got a compelling story, but I assume that she wants to be treated the same way that guys want to be treated, which means that their records are under scrutiny. I’ve been through this for 19 months. She’s been through it, what, four days so far?”
Democratic strategists said a week of media obsession would bring out negative elements of Palin’s record, her conservative positions on social issues, and stories contradicting some of her reformist claims.
Democrats also noted Thursday that as Palin continues to attack Obama, she opens herself to harder coverage and more direct criticism.
Hey,obsessively examining Obama’s life”? All that ground-breaking coverage you’ve been doing of Obama and the Annenberg Challenge? The coverage of how Obama’s destroyed his entire paper trail? That’s nothing compared to all the digging the MSM has done on Obama.
Now, if only I could remember exactly what it was that the MSM has dug up about him.
As for that “harsher coverage and more direct criticism”. As compared to, you know, accusing her of faking pregnancy to cover up her 17 year old daughter giving birth, or making up stories about her being a Buchanan / Nazi supporter (repeated later on in the article, despite the fact it’s been utterly debunked), or a member of the AIP.
No, now they’re going to get serious. They’re going to report on the time in the first grade when she cheated at Tiddlywinks.
Bring it on.