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Thanks, Governor

Monday, March 14, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Sarah Palin tweets a shout-out for my Washington Examiner column.

The refusal of the Manhattan-Beltway media elite to do even a cursory fact-check of the president’s often astonishing podium pronouncements telegraphs the outline of the 2012 campaign. The president isn’t going to get near any real reporters and he’ll stay just as far away from any Joe the Plumber moments.

Rather than campaign he will simply announce a new reality, where 8 % unemployment is an improvement and $5 a gallon gas a consequence of forces beyond our control. Escalating violence against Israel and a diminished American military are sad consequences of Bush-era overreach, and whatever else happens, he won’t let the GOP take away the new health care benefits which loom in 2013 or rob seniors of their Social Security or Medicare benefits.

This amalgamation of fantasies and falsehoods wouldn’t last a day in a D.C. with an independent Fourth Estate, but the gang’s all in for the boss, just as they were in 2008, and the non-reaction to Friday’s whopper is just a preview of coming attractions from the MSM.

The task of the GOP nominee, and all of the would-be nominees between now and the end of the primary season, will be to develop and drive into the public’s consciousness a concise list of the president’s many failings. The big four are already well known:

*a massive, wasteful stimulus that did nothing except line the pockets of friends and allies of the Democratic power elite;

*Obamacare, which is both unconstitutional and an enormous drag on economic expansion and job creation;

*a non-energy policy that shut down new domestic production in the Gulf while obstructing its expansion anywhere else, leading to skyrocketing gas prices; and

*a foreign policy that is incoherent in all its particulars except a historic enmity towards Israel.

Repetition, Repetition. Repetition.

Sarah Palin is right. The MSM remains awestruck, and for the obvious reason: The president is one of them –glib as they define it, credentialed with that which they value, and unburdened by any set of skills they don’t have and thus find threatening (for example, successful business experience.)

Having foisted the president on us in 2008, the elite media will be working overtime to keep him propped up on the theory that a second term couldn’t be any worse and might even get better.

The country couldn’t afford that. It might not be able to afford 20 more months. The key is to drive home the reality of his awful performance and the certainty that he lacks the capacity to grow in office or develop anything resembling an understanding how economies grow and great powers act.

Governor Palin is herself under one of the periodic attacks ginned up by her permanent opposition –nested among the MSM that isn’t doing its job covering the president’s whoppers. The MSM Presidential Praetorian Guard is quick to strike out at any critic of the president’s —Michele Bachmann, for example, is also getting the treatment for a gaffe far less significant than the never-mentioned 57 states pratfall or similar Obama slips.

Incredibly, did not dissect the president’s press conference on Friday, but is leading this week’s coverage with a relentlessly negative story on Palin.

The president is presiding like Chance the gardener over a Middle East in flames, refusing to do anything about skyrocketing deficits and a debt time bomb, is disconnected from the reality of why gas prices are soaring, all while his signature “achievement” has been declared unconstitutional, and the first news day after an eye-rolling White House presser and in the middle of a horrific disaster, the big feet of Politico are doing what? Blasting Sarah Palin?

The MSM is arrayed around the president, ready to defend him from any critics. That’s the lay of the 2012 land. Get used to it.


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