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Where was the Scrutiny in 2008?

Yesterday, Jim Geraghty reprinted account that Mike Allen had included in his newsletter from Politico about a meeting of hedge-fund billionaires in New York where “venture capitalist Ken Langone . . . implored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider and seek the GOP presidential nomination.”  Several in the audience indicated that they were Republican show voted for Obama because they “couldn’t live with Sarah Palin”:

Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people. Someone mentioned Huey Long populism.

Well, does seem the media did their job, destroying the reputation of Mrs. Palin while ignoring the background of Mr. Obama, leading Geraghty to comment:

But not all of us are shocked and stunned about Obama’s class warfare and his demonization of you and the sense that he doesn’t think of himself as your president too. Some of us spent two years telling anyone who would listen that he was a lot more liberal than his bland, blank-slate rhetoric suggested. And was all of this worth it because you “couldn’t live” with Sarah Palin? Really?

Emphasis added.  We had news media rifling through Mrs. Palin’s garbage, yet uninterested in checking out Mr. Obama’s story, so much did they swoon over his narrative.  And now, bit by bit, we’re learning not just how far left he’s always been, but also how he’s misrepresented his own background.

Many in our mainstream media have taken Barack Obama’s word as gospel.  And when it comes to subjecting him to the same sort of scrutiny to which they subject Republicans, particularly Republican women, well, they’ve just taken a pass.



  1. I seem to recall summing up the difference between Gov. Palin and Sen. Obama this way. “Gov. Palin knows you kill terrorists. Sen. Obama beleives you hold fund raisers in their living rooms.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 21, 2011 @ 8:07 am - July 21, 2011

  2. When you realize we have a press that supports big government and big government spending and we have a professional activist class of non-profits/not-for-profits that we pay six figure salaries through our tax money to lobby our representatives full time for leftist causes and add to that the cowards of the republican party you wonder how Conservatives are still in the game at all.

    Comment by Richard Bell — July 21, 2011 @ 10:42 am - July 21, 2011

  3. “Well, you will just have to elect the President to find out what is in him.”

    That Pelosi logic is directed toward any and all Progressive candidates. On the other hand, all conservatives are known enemies of the aged, the poor, the environment, all polar bears, alternative energy, downtrodden immigrants yearning to breathe free, empathy, sympathy, compassion, understanding, and the milk of social justice.

    The press heralds the arrival of a new, more mysterious Progressive and sounds the alarm over any conservative who achieves their notice.

    What is so complicated about any of this?

    However, I did enjoy watching Chris Matthews whimper, interrupt and shout over a guest for interrupting and shouting over Matthews as he was interrupting and shouting over the guest. Such crudeness and rudeness on the part of a conservative is not to be tolerated. Politically Incorrect, they say. Also, killing your fetus is a matter of privacy and privacy trumps all unless it is politically incorrect. Ask the TSA.

    Comment by Heliotrope — July 21, 2011 @ 10:58 am - July 21, 2011

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