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The President and the MSM

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Coverage of the president has always been fawning. From a Politico.com story this morning we learn that first it was love and now it is fear that motivates the Beltway press and keeps the Administration free of critical much less dogged coverage. The relentless press that never stopped pursuing Bush, Cheney and Rove has been tamed by the Chicago gang.

Meanwhile, the consequences of the “plague of A students” as P.J.O’Rourke brands them,continues to mount. The fallout from the collapse of Greek credit is just a bit of foreshadowing of the aftermath of an American financial stroke, one courted every day by spending policies so reckless as to never in the past been studied as a remote possibility. No one ever imagined an American government run by so profligate a group of political operatives, so analysis of this sort of profligacy simply hasn’t been done.

David Axelrod is full of brave talk about the fall and holding Republicans accountable for their alleged obstructionism, but these sorts of tactics work only inside the Beltway and only with white-knuckled MSM careerists. Absent the sort of crisis that Obama’s policies of bullying our friends and appeasing our enemies invites, the issue between now and November 2 should be the willingness of the Democrats in Congress, urged on by the president, to spend all of everyone’s money, including the next generation’s and the generation’s after that, on their well-connected friends, especially in the public employee unions. (Read Fred Barnes’ story on this astonishing transfer of wealth from taxpayers to union retirees.) If and when the White House press corps regains its voice, its courage and its pride, job number one should be their detailing of the fiscal wreckage left behind the first two years of the president working with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Off to Minnesota for an event with Governor Tim Pawlenty and Michael Medved, and then on to New York for an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel on Thursday night.

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