It's also stunning for my old friend EJ to say that "Obama has been put through the journalistic wringer since he entered the public spotlight four years ago."He is referring to E.J. Dionne's article which calls McCain's pick of Palin "breathtakingly reckless" and refers to her as "Harriet Miers, except without all the experience."
Really? Did I miss the 60 Minutes report on Obama's relationship with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers? The New York Times investigation into the deals Obama made with convicted felon Tony Rezko? The Dateline look at ACORN and what "community organizers" really do?
Dick Cheney has been put through the journalistic wringer. For Barack Obama it's been more like a journalistic shampoo, facial and massage.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, this kind of talk only serves to highlight and call attention to any comparison of Palin's experience and credentials with the Dems Presidential choice--a place they really really shouldn't want to go--but then, there's no accounting for fools who steadfastly remain in denial even when they are drowning in the facts.
And, Gerard Baker makes the comparison explicit:
Political experienceRead it all, of course. While most MSM journalists are now diligently working on the blowdry to that shampoo and preparing to perform a pedicure in the Obama Day Spa, there are some people noticing that outside, in the real world, things are not exactly as the Messiah and his minions suggests they are.
Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.
Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her state's government.
Obama: A classic, if unusually talented, greasy-pole climber. Held a succession of jobs that constitute the standard route to the top in his party's internal politics: "community organizer", law professor, state senator.
Palin:A woman with a wide range of interests in a well-variegated life. Held a succession of jobs - sports journalist, commercial fisherwoman, state oil and gas commissioner, before entering local politics. A resume that suggests something other than burning political ambition from the cradle but rather the sort of experience that enables her to understand the concerns of most Americans..
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