Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fear and Fretting on the Campaign Trail

The editor of writes in the Wall Street Journal about the New Yorker Obama cover.

in this year's lugubrious presidential campaign, humor and satire are in short supply, and those who dare cross the line of covering the presumptive Democratic nominee's candidacy less than reverentially are instantaneously castigated.

This is a long-running topic that the Clinton campaign perpetrated: that the media loves Obama and treats him with "kid gloves."

The overheated reaction by the left wing to this flap was characteristic: fretting, with the expected but still noisome whiff of elitism, that millions of less enlightened voters will take Mr. Blitt's send-up of ugly stereotypes about the Obamas seriously. That's no surprise, for Mr. Obama has been afforded the most generous coverage in recent memory, as demonstrated by Rolling Stone's own current cover, which shows the candidate in a beatific pose, and, for further dramatic effect, the picture was not sullied by the usual headlines and teasers for articles inside the magazine. And though current polls show a more competitive presidential race than one would imagine, given the ditch the Republican Party has dug for itself, the number of pundits who have already declared Mr. Obama as the next commander-in-chief is indicative of the fierce desire for payback over the 2000 Florida recount. No wonder skins are so thin.

I would say that it isn't that the dumb common folk will take the cover seriously (indeed, they might not even read the magazine, let alone know it exists –O oops, elitism), as much as the associations made by even enlightened voters.

All this talk of elitism is a bunch of crap, anyway.

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