I hate to say “I told you so.”
On the last day of January, I stated that the media would “turn on McCain the very SECOND he gets the nomination.” And I was right. Wow, was I ever right.
Not a moment after it became apparent that Sen. John McCain really did have his party’s nomination locked up, the very same mainstream media which had been among his most ardent supporters, the very same mainstream media which had stood up to the evil, flat-earth, neanderthal conservative right-wing nut-jobs who had been shouting about McCain’s liberal record to anyone who would listen, just downright stabbed him in the back.
In one swift stroke of the pen–in the first 250 words, no less!–The New York Times insinuated marital infidelity, brought up the Keating Five scandal, and referred to the Arizona senator and inevitable GOP nominee as “a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.”
It’s going to be a long year, and 2012 never seemed as far off as it does now.
A little more than three weeks after endorsing him for the Republican party nomination, The New York Times has given a nearly perfect Cliff’s Notes version of McCain’s hand in the savings and loan debacle and painted a deleterious picture of the senator and a female lobbyist, the two kept apart like a pair of star-crossed lovers by panicking campaign and political advisors, all with little to no evidence and nothing more than off-the-record anonymous sourcing (so much for Journalism 101). Yet the 180-degree turn is far from surprising — I even figured that the Keating Five scandal would be at the top of the list, considering its simple-but-damning nature and its stark contrast to McCain’s self-portrayal as a champion of ethical politics. Admittedly, I had no idea whatsoever about the special lady friend.
More and more with each passing day, I get the feeling that the next President of the United States of America will be named Barack Hussein Obama. While McCain may have been the decaying satellite to the Times’ editorial missile, the Old Grey Lady still managed to work the Illinois senator’s name into the piece, referring to Obama as “a Democratic contender who has made lobbying and ethics rules a centerpiece of his own pitch to voters.” (Hillary wasn’t mentioned.)
In the weeks leading up to Super Tuesday, we saw all too well the ability of the mainstream media to shape even the votes of conservatives and republicans, as evidenced by the crowning of McCain at Mitt Romney’s expense. In this celebrity-obsessed America, McCain already has an uphill climb ahead of him should he wish to even contend with Obama, who has out-fundraised him by more than three to one — with the mainstream media feeding off of Obama and Obama in turn feeding off of the mainstream media, the cycle is going to be nearly impossible to break.
That’s not to say that unforeseen events cannot turn the general election on its head. Obama will be fully vetted for sure, just not by The New York Times, which of course sets the agenda for most of the printed media and television broadcasts across the country.
All in all, even with the veiled allegations of infidelity, I cannot say that I am surprised by either the timing or content of the Times piece. Perhaps it is a good thing to get out of the way while Hillary Clinton is still gasping for air and grasping at relevance. If it’s going to come out, it might as well come out now rather than in October.
Still, it just reinforces the idea I’ve been trying to hammer home for more than a month now — John McCain is far too liberal and has far too many questionable entries in his record to be successful as the GOP’s chosen one, and it’s all going to come out sooner or later. The Keating Five scandal and the Gang of Fourteen will be first. His stance against ANWR drilling will surely be spun to insinuate that McCain doesn’t care about energy independence and that he, like Bush, is in the pockets of big oil and Saudi Arabia. The immigration bill will once again rear its ugly head in time to fracture the republican base before the election. His sudden shift on the merits of the Bush tax cuts and the need for enhanced interrogation will be portrayed as another “I voted for it before I voted against it.” Surely, there will be a Swift-Boat-like attempt to undermine even his hallowed war record.
On the other side, however, any attempt to attack or criticize Barack Hussein Obama will be met with all-too-familiar cries of racism, intolerance and injustice. Even though they call themselves “progressive” and “open-minded,” this is the liberals’ time-tested modus operandi and classic way out. Barack Hussein Obama is the perfect political weapon for this place and time; John McCain is, well, not.
He is our guy, however, like it or not. The fate of the nation literally rests in his hands. For McCain to stand a chance in November against the media- and Hollywood-augmented Obama movement, every faction of the GOP base needs to gather behind him. Pick your rallying point–the War on Terror, the economy, the aging Supreme Court–harness it, and get ready to go into battle.
The left, and its mainstream media militia, has already fired one large volley and is reloading for more.