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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Wright Stuff?

Rev. Jeremiah Wright's narcissistic, self-absorbed media rant seems to have had the opposite of its intended effect, giving Obama a "Sister Souljah Moment." He and Hillary have now opened up double-digit leads in the national popular vote against John McCain, though obviously the electoral college picture is different. And, of course, there are still several million years between now and November. Still, it seems amazing to me that after months and months of hagiographic coverage of McCain on the one hand and Obama and Clinton pounding each other on the other, McCain is actually losing ground. This, combined with yet another Democratic pickup of a very Republican House seat, suggests that things are only getting worse for the GOP.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Kvatch said...

Indeed, McCain couldn't get better coverage if he...uh, well...paid for it.

5/05/2008 1:51 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

In the immortal words of Elvis, why buy the cow when you can get the milk through the fence for free?

5/05/2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

In fairness, if you set your political views aside and try to look at these candidates purely on the merit of their personal backgrounds and life stories, McCain (in my opinion, at any rate) would be an inherently more interesting candidate to cover than a former First Lady and a junior first-term senator. And aside from the recent Wright controversy, I think Obama has had just as easy a ride with the media, if not more. Hillary Clinton is as much to blame for keeping that story alive in the media than anyone is.

Anyway, once the Democratic candidate is decided and this becomes a two-man race, I think McCain's "easy ride" with the media will come to a fairly quick end, especially if he's running against the infinitely more charismatic Obama.

5/05/2008 8:37 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

"And aside from the recent Wright controversy, I think Obama has had just as easy a ride with the media, if not more"

I would agree that, until recently, the MSM seemed smitten with Obama, though that might have less to do with him and more to do with their institutional loathing of all things Clinton. Still, it doesn't even approach the slathering paens of praise McCain has received, and the passes he has gotten on misstatements that would have caused any Democrat to be flogged for at least one full newscycle.

5/06/2008 10:39 PM  
Anonymous mom2oneson said...

Crank look at this article:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA051108.01A.mhmrreports.3a4fa3e.html

It's from the mental health workers who were initially at the shelter when they were first taken.

5/11/2008 8:56 PM  

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