What a great idea by Victor Davis Hanson. Try to imagine a President Palin doing the exact same things as President Obama. Try to anticipate how the media would react.
I think he nailed that one. Funny stuff. Give it a read.
One thing he didn't touch on was a measure of relief I had after Obama got elected. Had Obama lost I think the media would still be doing some soul searching for why we are so racist and couldn't pull ourselves to vote for him. I think it would have gone way overboard.
When Charles Gibson announced Obama's victory you could hear the people on the set cheering and clapping. Imagine if McCain would have pulled the shocker. Imagine the reaction on Charlie Gibson's set. It wouldn't have been clapping.
Here is a Rahm Emanuel quote from a an article in 2004:
"If you don't think you are going to be accountable and there are no consequences for what you do, it'll lead to overreaching."
Wish he thought the same way now about never letting a crisis go to waste.
Back in 1994 they didn't give Republicans 100 days...
Flashback: Media's Bitter, Lashing Out Reaction to 1994 Election
"Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It's clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It's the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old."
-- Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary, November 14th, 1994.
"The public seemed more intolerant than involved, uninterested in what the candidates have had to say, blindly voting against....The President might argue, with some justification, that it's the media's fault: we're allergic to good news."
-- Newsweek Senior Editor Joe Klein, November 14th, 1994
"It would strike some of us that the campaigns have all been so down and dirty and nasty and personal, there's no overarching mandate that the GOP can read into this...My memory after that '92 convention the Republicans held in Texas, is that a lot of people, even Republicans, said `Good Lord, what have we done?' Because the party seemed to have skewed so to the right. Well, the whole country gets to see that now. It's at least conceivable they set up their own defeat in '96, isn't it?"
-- CNN's Mary Tillotson, election night 1994.
"You're aligned to a party which owes many of its victories to the so-called religious right and other conservative extremists who are historically insensitive to minority concerns. That doesn't bother you?"
-- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel to black Republican U. S. Rep.-elect J.C. Watts, November 9th, 1994
"This is a rotten time to be black. Blacks are just going to take it in the chops....Their programs are going to get eviscerated and affirmative action is going to go right down the tubes...Politics have moved right because a lot of middle-class people thought they were taking my money and giving it to poor black people, and they didn't like it and they want their money back."
-- Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, November 12th 1994.
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