The War Doctor & Election 2016 Part Two the MSM/Left’s Dilemma

The Doctor:  (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong.   President Obama taking questions from the press?  The press challenging him on issues?  The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…

Rory:  You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

the Doctor Obama and the Press Corps 9/14/2012

Last Friday we talked about the problem for Steven Moffat for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who namely how deal with a situation with a cast and a narrative that didn’t fit into what he needed to do.

As Election 2016 comes closer the MSM/left has similar problems.

Like Steven Moffat the MSM/left had to handle two potential problems, the first is to attack and weaken the GOP for the left.

Normally that would be pretty easy, you simply talk up the GOP candidate who is easiest to beat in a general election.  Call him “presidential”, experienced etc while attacking his opponents.  Then once your pigeon has the nomination sewed up, pivot suddenly & defining him has the biggest racist sexist bigot homophobe elitist of all time.

This misinformation project requires an early start because unlike Moffat’s Doctor Who audience who followed his every move religiously the low information voter that is the target of the media’s propaganda has little interest in politics.

It takes an awful lot of coverage to define a candidate to people who are paying no attention but you can’t define the target if you can’t identify him.

This GOP field is wide open.  There are just so damn many of them it’s impossible to pick one out to target. While Moffat had to deal with 8 possible living doctors out of 11 in deciding who to cast that’s nothing compared to the GOP field. Think about that for a second. The GOP field in 2016 contains more people than there have been incarnations of the doctor and that’s even if you count the Peter Cushing movies.

While the left might use the Bush’s name to target Jeb (Hard of course when GWB is outpolling Obama) there are just too many candidates of all stripes to be sure he will be the one break out.  If they put all their time into Bush and he doesn’t go anywhere the eventual GOP candidate might manage to define him (or herself) to the public before the media can do so.


That’s problem one for the MSM/left but it’s a minor problem compared to the second issue they have to deal with and like the first problem it is similar to the issue Steven Moffat had with the Day of the Doctor.

Moffat had to identify one of the doctors (either the 8th or 9th ) as the person who committed mass murder on a global scale as evidenced by exchange:

The Moment:Gallifrey. You’re going to burn it, and all those Daleks with it, but all those children too. How many children on Gallifrey right now?
The War Doctor: I don’t know.
The Moment: One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that will turn you into?

The Day of the Doctor 2013

How do  you pick one of the heroes of your show as the man responsible for this horror?

The MSM/left has the same issue.   Media spin notwithstanding since late 2008 we’ve seen a stagnant economy which huge numbers of the workforce simply giving up, racial tensions to the point where we have police targeted for murder and sections of American cities left to the mob,  Abroad we have defeat in Iraq,  an American ambassador left to die while others are beheaded on camera.  At the same time our enemies no longer fear us and our friends no longer trust us.

And while the MSM/left have and will do their best to spin it

On first glance, the revision of U.S. gross domestic product in the first quarter to a contraction of 0.7 percent should provide a great talking point to Republicans looking to kick Democrats out of the White House in 2016 and prevent a Hillary Clinton presidency.

But the numbers are not as bad as they look and the economy is still likely to work in Clinton’s favor next year.

even a disinterested public knows all is not well and like Steven Moffat they have to assign blame and while Moffat being a writer of fiction had the luxury of creating a whole new Doctor, the War Doctor,  to do his dirty work.

“So all of this led me to the idea that if you’re going to sell to the Not-We audience a Doctor who essentially they haven’t seen before, then you have a freer hand than saying it has to be one of the ones you’ve already had

MSM can’t assign blame for America’s situation to Barack (the man of peace winning Nobel Peace Prize for just showing up) Obama while at the same they can’t critique or even acknowledge the state of the country, our economy,  the state of Obamacare or the state of foreign affairs in the world without referencing the Administration and through them Barack Obama the man in charge.

And if the MSM can’t do this how much less does any Democrat running for office dare to discuss the actual state of the country and associate it with Barack Obama, watch how Martin O’Malley deals with it:

Mr. O’Malley told the crowd that President Barack Obama made “a lot of tough decisions” on behalf of the people since he has been in office and “saved our country from a second Great Depression.

“But we elected a president; we did not elect a magician. No person can fix what was 30 years in coming, in terms of the structural problems with our economy. … We need to continue this work.”

Thirty years?  hmmm

But, as a nation, “over the course of the last 30 years,” Mr. O’Malley said, “we have seen … a growing gap of injustice between the country our children need for us to become and the country we’re in danger of becoming.” 

Mr. O’Malley cited “failed trickle-down economic theories” which have caused the “greatest concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few that we have ever seen in this country, perhaps just once before.

The past 30 years?  Trickle Down economic theories?  Yes you guessed it Martin O’Malley is blaming Barack Obama’s economy on Ronald Reagan.

Note he doesn’t actually say it aloud because even the MSM would have a hard time selling it.  The low info voter is pretty gullible but that’s a bridge too far .

Hillary Clinton can’t even use that tactic, after all if the structural problems are Reagan’s fault then why didn’t the eight years of Bill Clinton fix them?  So instead we get stuff like this:

I’m so relieved that as I travel around the country and talk with people, there is a sense that we are on our feet. We’re not running yet but we are on our feet. We can see the changes that are happening in people’s life and can put them in a context as to where we go from here now as a country. I am very grateful to President Obama for the hard work

The toughest thing she has said is this:

But now it’s not enough just to tread water.  We need to get ahead and stay ahead and people need to feel that their work is being rewarded that the deck is not stacked in favor of those at the top that they too have a chance to go as far as their hard work and aspirations will take them.


Hmmm we’ve been treading water? How bland how non-committal and how totally lacking of any mention of the person who has been in charge of an economy that is only treading water.

And if Hillary can only obliquely speak about the economy she is in an even worse state concerning foreign affairs what can she say about foreign policy

Expecting a Commander in Chief to have some kind of accomplishments that show their qualifications before getting hired for the job is reasonable, right? Maybe, just not if those accomplishments happened while serving has the head of the State Department, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Susan Milligan.

On Hardball with Chris Matthews’ Milligan said the question posed to the Iowa Democratic panel was “unfair.”

“I think most people could not look at a Secretary of State and point to an accomplishment.

Well most people aren’t reporters but neither they (or anyone else for that matter) name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.  But we can all recognize all the stuff that is going wrong.  Which is why all the candidates are being asked if they would have done anything different in 2003 but nobody is asking what they would have done different in 2010.  As Glenn Reynolds reminds us:

As late as 2010, things were going so well in Iraq that Obama and Biden were bragging. Now, after Obama’s politically-motivated pullout and disengagement, the whole thing’s fallen apart. This is near-criminal neglect and incompetence, and an awful lot of people will pay a steep price for the Obama Administration’s fecklessness.

And as for talking about 2003

I keep repeating this stuff. Because it bears repeating. In Iraq, Obama took a war that we had won at a considerable expense in lives and treasure, and threw it away for the callowest of political reasons. In Syria and Libya, he involved us in wars of choice without Congressional authorization, and proceeded to hand victories to the Islamists. Obama’s policy here has been a debacle of the first order, and the press wants to talk about Bush as a way of protecting him. Whenever you see anyone in the media bringing up 2003, you will know that they are serving as palace guard, not as press.

Of course if this was Steven Moffat’s and the Day of the Doctor with a TARDIS in hand the solution would be easy:

10th Doctor: You’re not actually suggesting that we change our own personal history?
11th Doctor: We change history all the time.

Alas for the MSM & for the left the TARDIS only appears with Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama in fan fiction.  But it will be interesting to see how they try to pull it off without creating a War Obama or a War Clinton to take all the blame.


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