Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Press Wanted a Quagmire, Now They Have One

For at least two years beginning around 2004, the American people were assaulted by our media with countless references to the quagmire that was Iraq. America was stuck in the quagmire of Iraq, it was just like Vietnam, and the only way out was immediate surrender. Luckily no one told the US military or the Iraqi people of their imminent defeat, and both have prevailed heroically. No Vietnam here, just a bunch of defeatist media types [wishfully] thinking out loud.

As much as the press and the Democrats [same thing] yearned for an American defeat in Iraq, the only quagmire these days is the one that Obama is experiencing. After eighteen plus months of campaigning for President, Barack Obama is stuck in a political quagmire of his own making.

Even before Sarah Palin became a part of the political landscape, Obama and his message of change had become tiresome, and was running out of gas. Devoid of details, his habit of presenting vague references to change in Washington had lost its impact with many Americans, although his cult of personality kept him ahead in the polls. Obama built a campaign based on persona and feelings, designed to beat George easy task until you consider the fact that Bush is not seeking a third term. He underestimated McCain, and thought it would be easy to link McCain to Bush, and then McCain chose Palin as a running mate. Enter quagmire.

Obama has lost a step or two since Palin entered the race. He understands that he was outmaneuvered by McCain, but doesn’t know how to deal with it. With both feet now entrenched in quicksand, Obama seems confused and unable to decide who he needs to attack, McCain or Palin. His instincts tell him that Palin is the bigger threat, but his advisors tell him that he shouldn’t directly battle the number two on the GOP ticket.

Obama is in a quagmire of his own making, unable to maneuver around McCain/Palin and saddled with doubt. Is there a good way to attack someone who seems so common, yet represents so many? The media may despise Sarah Palin, but they can’t deny her appeal. Obama’s success is directly connected to the good graces of the media, and only the fawning reports of the media can extricate him from this quagmire. You wanted a quagmire…you got it.


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