Jonah Goldberg, semi-savant:
Imagine the media invests as heavily in [Barack Hussein Il Jong Obama] as I think we all know they will if he's the nominee — and then imagine he loses.
[The media and the Nutroots are "negroes"? What else does Atrios see in the mirror?]
Why does he think the press will wait until Barack is the nominee to invest heavily in him? Per this Harvard study from last fall:
Overall, Democrats also have received more positive coverage than Republicans (35% of stories vs. 26%), while Republicans received more negative coverage than Democrats (35% vs. 26%). For both parties, a plurality of stories, 39%, were neutral or balanced.
• Most of that difference in tone, however, can be attributed to the friendly coverage of Obama (47% positive) and the critical coverage of McCain (just 12% positive.) When those two candidates are removed from the field, the tone of coverage for the two parties is virtually identical.
Daring to Believe, Blacks Savor Obama Victory
For Mike Duncan in Maryland, it was a sign that Americans were moving beyond rigid thinking about race.
For Milton Washington in Harlem, it looked like the beginning of something he never thought that he would see. “It was like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re on the cusp of something big about to happen,’ ” Mr. Washington said.
How Mr. Obama’s early triumph will play out in the presidential contest remains to be seen, and his support among blacks is hardly monolithic.
But in dozens of interviews on Friday from suburbs of Houston to towns outside Chicago and rural byways near Birmingham, Ala., African-Americans voiced pride and amazement over his victory on Thursday and the message it sent, even if they were not planning to vote for him or were skeptical that he could win in November.
Picture the Times' reaction if New Hampshire Democrats crush the hopes and aspirations of million of America's blacks. Do you suppose they will re-interview Sadou Brown and give us a picture of the fourteen year old with tears in his eyes, battered by the realization that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or Supreme Court Justice is the most he can ever hope for?
Comical - Obama has not run as a grievance candidate and has not polled better than Hillary in the black community (well, as of September/October, anyway) Yet the Times, affirmative action champions, are determined to push him into that box.
YOU WANT HIM IN THAT BOX. YOU NEED HIM IN THAT BOX! Ridiculous - Greenwald pretends that that Reynolds and Goldberg are discussing blacks rather than the Florida/Ohio/BDS left in wondering, per Goldberg, about the impact of an Obama defeat:
I seriously think certain segments of American political life will become completely unhinged. I can imagine the fear of this social unraveling actually aiding Obama enormously in 2008.
Hmm - how can this nation ever heal its wounds if it can't unite behind a forty-six year old black guy with no discernible resume? OTOH, an Obama-McCain match-up would be a real generational tussle - at 70, McCain is almost too old (almost!) to qualify as a baby-boomer. However, count these points in McCain's favor:
- Reagan polled well amongst the young;
- McCain has a track record as a maverick agent of change - I am thinking of McCain-Feingold but he was a leader on the Militart Commissions Act (and immigration reform - shh...);
- Based on animosities fueled in part by the anti-war Kerry, there seems to have been a time when an anti-
baby killer soldier mentality infected some portion of the left. With McCain in the race it is a possibility that this faction will re-emerge, and not to their credit or the credit of their party.
STILL INVESTING: Bob Herbert on Obama:
The Obama Phenomenon
The historians can put aside their reference material. This is new. America has never seen anything like the Barack Obama phenomenon.
If the Clintons are going to stop Mr. Obama, they need to do it now. If he wins the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the news media will go nuts and he will head toward the Jan. 19 caucuses in Nevada and the Jan. 26 primary in South Carolina (where half the voters are African-American) with incredible momentum.
I expect that African-Americans, under those circumstance, would view his campaign with almost religious fervor. All those questions about whether he’s black enough would be history. Mr. Obama would be perceived by many as within striking distance of the presidency, and there will be very few blacks in favor of stopping that train.
And in the unkindest cut, Gail Collins on Hillary, former voice for passion and change as the commencement speaker at Wellesley:
But if she were around right now, Hillary Rodham the commencement speaker would probably be an Obama girl.