I’ve been arguing for over a year that the media has been doing their best to hide the true condition of this presidential race, but as Glenn Reynolds often says what can’t go on forever won’t. Today some interesting sources of evidence have shown the jig might finally be up.
Erick Erickson finally sees it:
It’s has been a source of massive frustration to me that people on my own side , today four different pieces of evidence came up
If booing God and his holy city is a part of the Democratic Convention happening in this universe, I’ll take the alternative universe Bill Clinton said the GOP lives in. This is why Barack Obama stands a good chance of losing. It is the Democrats who have disconnected from America.
I’m on record repeatedly doubting Mitt Romney’s viability as a candidate, but more and more I think not only is Romney winning, but the polling is not reflecting the strength of his campaign and the media is actually sabotaging the Democrats’ chance of winning. In fact, I dare say if MItt Romney wins he will have the American media to thank for his win.
The Media, the Media that backs Barack Obama shamelessly? How can it be the media’s fault that Obama is going to lose? A clue comes from a totally unrelated ABC News story on a new book by Woodward.
The failure of Obama to connect with Boehner was vaguely reminiscent of another phone call late in the evening of Election Day 2010, after it became clear that the Republicans would take control of the House, making Boehner Speaker of the House.
Nobody in the Obama orbit could even find the soon-to-be-speaker’s phone number, Woodward reports. A Democratic Party aide finally secured it through a friend so the president could offer congratulations.
Imagine a president so out of touch that the possibility of losing the house in an election where his side lost 63 seats never hit him. And that not all:
Woodward portrays a president who remained a supreme believer in his own powers of persuasion, even as he faltered in efforts to coax congressional leaders in both parties toward compromise. Boehner told Woodward that at one point, when Boehner voiced concern about passing the deal they were working out, the president reached out and touched his forearm.
“John, I’ve got great confidence in my ability to sway the American people,” Boehner quotes the president as having told him.
Hey when you have all the world telling you how great you are, when you have the Nobel committee giving you the peace prize and when you have the MSM drinking the same kool aid you tend to get a swelled head.
So when your party makes the mistake of booing God or Israel or Jerusalem or both
and the video of said mistake draws over 100,000 views in under 20 hours (114K as of this writing)
but the media decided it either didn’t happen or didn’t matter. What you do get? members of the left in complete denial:
— Jackie(@ATLjackie) September 6, 2012
“No matter how you spin it.” Think about that. This video is 93 seconds, it was transmitted on CNN live, For a full 13 hours plus it is on the top of Memeorandum. You can watch in less time than it takes to boil an egg. Yet not only is our friend Jackie saying it didn’t happen, but she is totally comfortable saying the following to the entire world:
— Jackie(@ATLjackie) September 6, 2012
Not only did this NOT HAPPEN but that I’m talking about it is a sign of how great things went last night.
Being an old computer tech I followed up with 14 different tweets each listing the top memeorandum stories in order
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) September 6, 2012
until you finally got to the Bill Clinton story. Jackie was unmoved.
Now I’m sure Jackie is a very nice and bright young lady, but she is caught in what Erick Erickson refers to as the Media’s Feedback loop:
The Democrats and most of the mainstream media live in a symbiotic relationship and feedback loop. When Todd Akin says something dumb, the media seizes on it and attacks Todd Akin and the GOP. For the past several weeks the media has fixated on how out of touch the GOP is, its platform is, and its Presidential candidate is.
At the same time, the media has been largely silent on the Democratic Platform except for yesterday’s ridiculousness. Even then, the media mostly failed to point out that the Obama campaign said it had approved the platform removing God and Jerusalem, while going to great lengths to point out Obama intervened to put them back in.
It’s sort of like the old Soviet Union Group-think, everybody talking and saying the same line and unable to see outside of their prism.
And this is only the latest version in the last year Three Examples::
1. Jon Huntsman: Absolutely nobody was talking about Jon Huntsman as a viable Presidential candidate except the MSM. This MSM drove Huntsman into the race where nobody but the media showed up for his announcement. After months of coverage where the media never failed to insist he was a factor he managed a 3rd place finish in NH driven by Democrat voters crossing over and dropped out before South Carolina when he couldn’t convince people to give him another red cent.
2. The Occupods: It was painfully obvious from the start that the Occupy movement had disaster written all over it, yet the MSM and democrats embraced it assuming it would counter the tea party even though there were solid clues this was a bad idea:
Godwin’s law states that once someone compares his or her opponents in any argument to Nazis, they automatically forfeit that argument. With the American Nazi Party formally endorsing the Occupiers, the question arises: does Godwin’s law apply if you are on the same side as actual Nazis?
Not to be outdone, the Communist Party USA has also backed the Occupy Movement, which gives these protesters support from both of the 20th century’s most successful mass murdering ideologies.
I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.
3. Elizabeth Warren & the You didn’t build it speech.Running for re-election in Massachusetts for Scott Brown would not be easy, even a mediocre candidate could give him a fight, but while smaller state candidates jumped in there was no outcry for Elizabeth Warren to enter except by the National left and the MSM.
When she finally got in she gave a speech that will live in infamy
This played very poorly among the voters, particularly business owners, but it played very well with the far left National Democrat base. It was such a fundraising boon that President Obama team didn’t think twice before jumping on the “You didn’t build that” bandwagon.
And we all know how that ended
In all of these cases and others I could name, the actual situation was clearly visible to anybody willing to objectively look at evidence and ask questions. Yet the MSM safe in its cocoon never saw it and thus Jackie and people like her had no clue.
Take yesterday, if you didn’t watch Fox or read anything but the left side of the blog world you likely didn’t see this on Tuesday:
People act defensive for a REASON. Anyone who saw Dick Durbin’s reaction would have KNOWN the Democrat platform was not only a disaster in progress but the party was terrified, but this clip didn’t play on other networks, instead the party leaders spun, the left blogs spun and the Jackie’s of the world believed it. Erickson again
The Democrats actually have a very extremist position on abortion. The media that spent so long focused on the GOP’s position has barely dealt with the Democrats. Why? Because most of the mainstream media is in ideological lockstep with the Democrats on this. It’s hard to tell the Democrats they’ve gone too far astray from mainstream America when the mainstream media is over on the lefthand side to begin with.
The Democrats, in other words, overplayed their hand on the War on Women and there is no media voice they listen to saying, “Hold up, you’ve gone too far.” Most of the media is with or to the left of the Democrats on this. For a year now you and I have been hearing about the growing secularization of and atheism in America. I now see that’s no longer a coincidence, but another effort to feed the Democrats’ feedback loop in much the same way polls were being churned out in the press in 2010 showing how popular Obamacare would be despite all objective polling showing it was not.
Remember Todd Akin, the person who had supposedly handed Claire McCaskill her Senate Seat back, the man who could put Missouri into the “toss-up” column, the guy so “extreme” that the left decided to go all Abortion all the time for their convention Sandra Fluke and all.
In the last poll, he’s up 3.
All of this has not been happening in a vacuum, it’s happened in front of our faces, from the first candidates to decide not to run to the spectacle of the DNC chairperson ducking interviews yesterday. to small blogs saying stuff like this:
The Democrats had a voice vote yesterday on whether to put references to “God” and “Jerusalem” into their party platform. I think it would be unfair to say that the Democrats denied Him three times.
He might think it’s unfair, but even as I write this post the first GOP ad featuring this video has been released by Congressman Allen West:
For the Jackies of the world , it’s another reality, like the American Indians become the first European came to shore, they just can’t visualize it. Erickson one more time:
I really don’t think Mitt Romney is a strong candidate. And I’ve consistently believed he would lose. But now I think he’s winning and doing so largely because the Democrats have so overplayed their hand on social issues while ignoring the economy with no corrective from the media. The American people are aghast at what they are seeing and will respond accordingly at the polls.
The Democrats have made the one always fatal mistake anyone can make in politics — they’ve believed their own press.
I actually think there are quite a few in the media who actually know how things are going, who understand where this is going to end, but will do their best for as long as they can to prop things up until they finally believe it will do them no good.
The take away from this:
Do not be surprised if there is a negative bounce from this convention or a poll released with a Dem +6-12 in order to hide just how bad things are.
Update: Robert Stacy McCain:
More politically significant was the Democrats’ official party platform, which was revised this year to omit reference to God, and to delete a previous statement supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. When these revisions sparked negative headlines, party leaders moved quickly to change the platform, but they screwed that up, too. With Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chairing the convention, a motion was made to re-instate both God and Jerusalem into the platform, but when Villaraigosa called for a voice vote to approve the motion, it was far from clear that the measure had support from the required two-thirds of delegates necessary to pass. After asking the question three times, Villaraigosa finally ruled that the “ayes” had it, producing a storm of booing from the hall. The controversy was sufficiently heated — and the embarrassment sufficiently great — that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz canceled her scheduled TV appearances, evidently to avoid discussing the issue.
I guess Debbie should have kept cancelling interviews to avoid this on CNN
In the time it takes to watch Debbie Wassermann Schultz in her great new hairdo deny the evidence of our own eyes, a person can watch the original video 6 times.
Update 2: The west video was from a non-West site, uploaded from his own YouTube.
Update 3: Spoke to the West re-election office, this will NOT be only a web ad.