Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Obama's bad luck. Really?

Newsweek is reporting on Clinton's recent "bump" in the polls:
The former First Lady has been helped by a stunningly unlucky news cycle for Obama.
And I say, really? Because I think many of us have been predicting this bad "news cycle for Obama" would happen as soon as the media started looking at him critically.
For starters, his friend and fund-raiser, the indicted Chicago Democratic power broker Antoin (Tony) Rezko, began his federal fraud trial on Monday. While the Rezko probe and criminal proceedings are several years old, the timing of the trial's start is beyond inopportune for the Illinois senator.
Yeah, see, that's actually not new. We've known about Rezko for quite a while, and knew this trial would happen eventually. So why didn't the media press him on this before now?
Then there's the broadening flap over allegations that Obama's chief economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, told Canadian officials to disregard Obama's protectionist trade message as pure campaign rhetoric.
Hello?! Some of us have been talking about our concern over Obama's foreign policy experience — or lack thereof — for a long, long time. This was bound to happen.
It's hard to miss that Clinton's advisers smell blood in the water, even as they protect their own legacies by selectively leaking reputation-enhancing tidbits to reporters lest their candidate fail miserably on Tuesday
Well ... perhaps if the reporters did their own job, the Clinton advisers wouldn't have to "selectively leak .... tidbits."

Just a thought.

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