Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Media's Problem With McCain

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First they loved him because he was against Bush. Then they loved him because he was a thorn in the President's side. Now, they have to love Obama so they are having a problem with him and it's tearing them up.

As proof I offer David Ignatius. He tells how McCain was dead on about Russian intentions at a speech in 2006:

And McCain did indeed deliver a zinger. He blasted Vladimir Putin for "the pursuit of autocracy at home and abroad" -- and then urged that Russia be excluded from the G-8 summit of industrialized nations. For good measure, he included a call for Georgia, already a thorn in Russia's side, to join NATO.

McCain's 2006 speech made news, as he knew it would. So did an address in Munich the night before from Georgia's emotional president, Mikheil Saakashvili. He recalled how he had cried the night the Berlin Wall fell -- and then pleaded for Western support for Georgia's efforts to recover the renegade province of South Ossetia and end what he called the "cancer of separatism."
And, of course, recent events show that McCain was indeed right before anyone even knew what South Ossetia even was. That, in most cases, would be cause to exult McCain for being damn near clairvoyant and it would have been had McCain been running against Bush and the media weren't so liberal.

But alas, this is the new, conservative, enemy McCain:

McCain likes zingers. We've all seen that mischievous look -- just before he shot a quip or sarcastic one-liner at GOP rivals such as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. It's one of his appealing qualities, but in this case it worries me. Zingers don't make good foreign policy. They embolden friends and provoke adversaries -- and in the Georgia crisis, that has proved to be a deadly combination.
And he goes on about the media-created story that Georgia was being--I don't know--imperial?

He blames Bush of course but lumps McCain in when the Maverick was exactly right. He brings up the fact that McCain's advisor was a lobbyist for Georgia--a newly freed nation--and tries to discredit McCain's stance on an issue he clearly kicked Obama's ass on.

That, my friend, is the media spinning for Obama in a big way because they sense it. They know Obama was rocked at the Rick Warren event last week and when their calls of cheating failed, they needed a new tack and Ignatius has joined in.

The media fail to see that Obama is way out of his league and are now as behind the times on this as they were two-weeks ago on the Edwards affair story.

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