There’s a poll out there saying that the majority of Americans feel that the press is out of touch, and that the majority get their news from the internet.

Yet this year’s primary elections have managed to have the normal voters smash the preconceived notions of the chattering class, who backed one than another candidate, only to see the bubble burst.
Still standing are three viable candidates…and what few in the press seem to notice, they are all from upper middle class families.

One is known, warts and all. He has literally been through hell and known for a bad temper, but  is also known (and disliked by the conservative Republicans) for his humor and bipartisanship.

We have another who has been a helpmate and knows the issues, having stood by her philandering husband’s side for yeas, and is known for her fire and zeal. You can make all the jokes you want to, but Hillary has the cojones to be the next Margaret Thatcher, standing her grounds against those who hate her, yet able to sail the winds of partisan changes, not be dependent on an adoring public and press.
And then there is Obama.

Oh, his sperm donor was African. Yet despite press coverage, he knows little of Africa or his father, who disappeared from his life when he was still a toddler; his “real” father was a pious Indonesian gentleman who raised him during his early childhood formative years, yet is rarely mentioned. I wonder why? Anti Asian prejudice? Worried about the “M” word? Too bad, because the easy going Islam of Indonesia has more in common with the Presbyterians than with the Islamic fanatics bombing civilians in a dozen Asian countries, and would do wonders for the shrill Islamophobia or Islamophilia propaganda that passes for discussing Islam nowadays.
But being of African blood does have advantages. Oh, but must not criticize someone who has African heritage. Even a hint to do so makes one open to that R word: Racist.

Yet race aside, what exactly are Obama’s credentials? As far as I can tell, it’s because he resembles David Palmer and has attracted the far left “Move On” crowd to ecstacies.
Pure left, of course, and with adoring followers who resemble
the Hari Krishnas or Jesus freaks or (for those of us old enough to remember) the followers of Eugene McCarthy.

One film on the Washington Post (advertisement? News story? video link HERE ) quotes one follower of Obama as saying joining his campaign was like joining a movement.

Well, yes. That’s what worries me. Because if you join a movement, you don’t have to think. All your insecurities and logical questions are muffled in the high of just belonging.

Sorry, I’m a curmudgeon. I’m not just into these things.

I rarely read Dana Milbank, if for no other reason than he tends toward being mean spirited

Making fun of McCain’s bouts with skin cancer? Give me a break. Even the UKGuardian called that “cynical”.

But his column today does make a point:
Ask Tough Questions? Yes, They Can!

It took many months and the mockery of “Saturday Night Live” to make it happen, but the lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber Monday and greeted Barack Obama with a menacing growl….a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog.

Read the whole thing, but the point is that reporters finally started asking hard questions.

My question is why? Were they afraid to be accused of racism if they did?

If so, then why couldn’t the papers find “minority” reporters to do the asking?
Why does it takes months for a MSM reporter to discover that Chicago politics is…how should I say this?…known for their friendly gifts?

Again, from Milbank’s column:

Then an agitator — columnist Carol Marin with the Chicago Sun-Times — broke in. Marin, a visitor to the Obama entourage who accused the regulars of being too “quiet,” accused the candidate of concealing details about fundraisers Rezko had for him and a real estate transaction between the two.

Ah yes. Just a friendly little gift.

Of course, Hillary is an expert at this: Her and her husband have been driving the right nuts for years with similar gifts. And McCain has a few missteps in his own background, which have been known for years. So it’s not a big deal to mention such thngs.
The real story is the failure of the press to notice it until now.

Yet now that Clinton has won the large states of Ohio and Texas, one suspects her speech on CNN about Ohio being a bellweather just might be true.

There’s a lot of politics in the stodgy midwest, but a lot of common sense too.

Union members won’t fall for a “wink wink” over NAFTA, nor will Hispanics fall for the implication that not voting for a black man confirms white racism.

And if the press starts doing some hard questioning, expect the worst to happen. By November, with Iraq calming down and with the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan continuing to reject the extremists, all that talk of being for peace will look like misjudgement. So there goes the peace issue.

NAFTA is only an issue for the rust belt, and most people who are willing to work have moved elsewhere.

I predict the real issue will be health care. And in that, Hillary has the edge.

So advice to Hillary:

Obama blocked a bill mandating that children who survived abortion receive medical care. LINK2.

Wait till the MSM starts noticing that…and remember that Pennsylvania is full of pro life Democrats. Emphasize that your health care plan includes financial help so that women expecting handicapped children will receive government help so they don’t have to abort the kid.
Spin this one and he’s toast.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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