Looking at the Anthony Weiner case there is one thing that hit me this morning.
Weiner seems to be totally taken aback by the MSM (with the apparent exception of the Morning Joe squad) willingness to question him.
One of the few advantages of an overwhelmingly liberal press is it tends to sharpen conservatives who rise to the top. You know that every day you are going to face a press whose primary goal is to bring you down.
Conservatives who have forgotten this fact then to be blindsided when the Media turns on them (Hello John McCain)
is was a rising (you just can’t avoid the Double Entendres on this story can you?) star in the democratic party. In the past the MSM never seriously challenged him. The closest thing to it I ever saw was Joe Scarborough on the first responder bill last year.
When challenged by the MSM in this situation, he literally had no idea what to do. It was more of a “Do you know who I am?” moment than anything else.
And even as the MSM interviewed him on the subject, their frustration at having to do so leaked through. Wolf Blitzer at the end of his piece finished with: “You should have done this yesterday”. Has he ever made a similar statement when confronting a member of the GOP?
Even this incredibly funny John Stewart piece tells the tale near the end.
The point is congressman to help us help you…
Help us help you? If this was Todd Palin would you be telling asking him to help us help you? Or would that singer have been accompanied by a full band with the lyrics on a large screen for the entire audience to sing along with?
Remember when Stewart said that he actually means it. He and the rest of the MSM WANTS this to be gone, they would love to rehabilitate Weiner as a happy warrior against the republicans.
Apparently all the fawning coverage in the past has had the same effect on Weiner as the self esteem movement on a student about to enter the workforce to compete in the real world; they simply can’t cope.
Contrast that to say Sarah Palin. Since the moment of her announcement in 2008 she has been under constant attack, by the media, by democrats and by the GOP establishment and the sub rosa allies of Mitt Romney. Yet she not only carries on she manages to impress those who oppose her:
For Governor Palin, this is not only how she operates a potential pre-campaign bus tour. It’s about how she governs as a politician as well. Over two years ago, to the disappointment and frustration of some Alaskans, Governor Palin rejected federal stimulus dollars for some educational and arts programs. Rather than huddling down in her office and ignore those who protested the her decision, she went out in the cold sans a coat and talked with her protesting constituents. The woman who organized the protest even conceded that Governor Palin was very open to a dialogue, expressed honestly her reasoning for rejecting the funds, and encouraged the protesters to remain engaged with their legislators on the matter of those funds
She is like the British Public during the blitz, she (with apologies to Joe Scarborough and the no labels crowd) keeps calm and carries on.
I’m sure that democrats given the choice of easy coverage and bigger blowups vs tough coverage would rather keep the status quo, but everything has a price and this inexperience in dealing with a hostile press has to be paid for.
Anthony Weiner is now doing so.