“The Most Fickle Lover You Could Ever Have”

major dad points us to this Susan Estrich column. It sounds a warning chime for Team Obambi, but I’ll betcha they’re not listening.

…The problem with all this fawning is threefold. First of all, the fact that the press doesn’t push doesn’t mean that, sooner or later, the Republicans won’t. They will. Every question the press doesn’t ask and Obama doesn’t have to answer will be the subject of a speech at the Republican convention, an ad down the road, a tirade by somebody that will ring truer than it should precisely because it hasn’t been addressed before. Do you really think McCain and his friends won’t push hard for Obama to admit he was “wrong” about the surge? Of course they will; every bit as hard as Obama pressed Hillary on her war vote. Better to deal with it in questions from Katie, get an answer down that puts the question to rest rather than leaving her hypothetical viewer scratching his head than waiting for it to come back in a debate. Attacking Katie is not the answer — Katie isn’t running for President.
Second, being the favorite of the press doesn’t necessarily win you votes. Most people don’t actually like the press. The friend of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. Being liked by the boys and girls on the bus doesn’t necessarily earn you the respect of the people back home. Standing up to them, giving as good as you get, all that helps. But if being loved by the press were a sure route to success, Hillary Clinton would never have carried all those big states after March 1. Ronald Reagan would never have gotten elected President. George Bush would have lost, twice.

It’s so hard to hear through the halo static.

6 Responses to ““The Most Fickle Lover You Could Ever Have””

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well, Estrich was so in the tank for Hillary that anything she says about Obama has to be taken with a serious grain of estrogen.

  2. Dave J says:

    “Some years ago, a friend of mine who was then District Attorney of Los Angeles…”
    AKA Gil Garcetti of unfortunate OJ notoriety: a basically decent guy, but thoroughly convinced of his own brilliance and invincibility. A bit like Obama, although with more experience.

  3. Gunslinger says:

    Ol’ Susie makes her best point here…
    “Third, and perhaps most important, the American press corps is the most fickle lover you could ever have. They make my worst ex-boyfriend look like a paragon of loyalty and devotion, giving new meaning to the old expression, “love ‘em and leave ‘em.” Except the press doesn’t just leave, they destroy. The better the coverage at the outset, the worse it will almost certainly be later on. I can’t begin to count how many times I have warned politicians and candidates to worry as much about the good coverage as the bad, because the more air they put in your balloon, the bigger the target when they start shooting.”
    John McCain is finding that one out the hard way. Tough shit for him.
    Jugears is also way over exposed. Come October, more than enough people will tire of his Hopeychange Worldtour crap and his loss in November will be significant.
    Also, the voter turnout will be one of the lowest in modern times (at least that’s the way I see things for the moment, plenty can happen in three months).

  4. greg newson says:

    OJ Simpson was found not guilty as a’Gottcha’
    by the jury, for the years of black defendants convicted on dubious evidence and testimony.
    The Scottsborough boys and countless other
    phony convictions were avenged.
    I’m not justifying it,I’m telling it as it
    is.I worked at the time in a black area and heard
    this all first hand from residents.

  5. Dave J says:

    Avenged by two innocent people being murdered and their killer allowed to roam free? Fuck anyone who believes in such soulless depravity.

  6. greg newson says:

    The LA detective did take the blood home with him in a vial.That shows a total disregard for evidence.
    There was reasonable doubt in the case.But,he
    probably did it.Mark Furham’s theory, that OJ was
    jumped by Goldberg at Nicole’s house and killed him
    in self-defense and killed Nicole to get rid of a witness,I think is the best explanation.

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