- Gerard Baker, The Times of London
The Obamedia had a great plan. Annoint the Obamessiah and no Republican would be foolish enough to tug on superman's cape. You see, it's Just Not Done. Dangit, McCain did it. Now, as the assuredness of an Obama victory slips away, do we start to see the scattered desperation of the Obamedia. Be aware that no stunt will be too shallow. Absurd comparisons with MLK Jr, deliberately hyped by the campaign, further thrills down the leg, and other celebrity boosts will be attempted.
When they fail, and they will, Expect the Race Card to be played, and win or lose, it will be a depressing sight to behold: "The Cornel Wests and Michael Eric Dysons of the world will turn their outrage knob to 11 if Obama fails to defeat John McCain. The Angry Left will fill op-ed pages with attacks on middle America, declaring that Obama was right to castigate working- and middle-class people as bitter, bigoted, xenophobic religious zealots. ... If Obama wins, we’re in for a humorless four years, as hypersensitive Obama supporters will conduct a PC witch-hunt that will make Media Matters for America look civil by comparison."
The Obama supporters are not exactly a crowd playing with a full deck. After all - as one commenter put it: "He is the candidate for people who don't believe in God but believe by checking the pressure on their tires they are personally saving the world."
Expect the desperate threats and the hints of "elect Obama or you are a racist" card to be played. Be ready.