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Obama Coverage – When it's a Better Product, it's not Bias

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It’s always entertaining to watch how Republicans act when they are on the losing side of a campaign. It is the political equivalent of watching a two year old throw a tantrum in a grocery store because mom refused to buy cookies, i.e. a very public and amusing display of immaturity and lack of self control. John McCain & his campaign are making silly attacks, confusing their words and making humiliating gaffes and whining about biased news coverage. If history is any indication things are going to go downhill from there. I wrote these articles, “Election 2006 – Desperate Republicans Set New Campaign Lows with Attacks “ - and “Election 2006 – Aftermath, Deconstructing the Results and Perspectives on the Democratic and Republican Parties and more “ to describe the GOP implosion during the 2006 campaign which was a similar situation where the trajectory of the campaign was obviously against them.

Perhaps the most pathetic McCain campaign claim is one of media coverage bias. Is it bias if one finds a juicy and fresh Porterhouse steak more palatable than Spam dropped on the ground and left out in the sun for too long? There is nothing about John McCain that makes him a compelling candidate. In the last eight years, he has morphed into George W. Bush’s Minnie Me. If there is anything worse than a loser President it is a wannabe loser President. Who wants to cover THAT? On the other hand, with Obama we have a brilliant and exciting guy with a beautiful family and fresh ideas. Gee, which guy do you think will attract more press coverage?

One of the things that are most surprising is that McCain and his campaign staff haven’t been able to dream up anything to put out there that distinguishes him from President Bush. Hasn’t the McCain campaign heard of the old psychiatrist adage, “Doing the same things over and over again (militaristically aggressive foreign policy, supply side economics, bigotry towards gays & lesbians, no Universal Healthcare, etc.) and expecting a different outcome (different as in, not the failure these policies have caused) is the definition of insanity?” Maybe they think that the American people aren’t smart enough to know that adage? Newsflash for the McCain campaign, the American people are smart enough, m-kay?

The people that are out there still talking about an Obama cult of the personality are going to need to come up with something new too. When it was a little more than half of the Democratic Party, ‘cult’ was a barely passable theory. When it is over half of the country and most of the people of nearly every country in the world including a fair majority of the worlds most successful, brilliant and progressive people, it isn’t a cult. Get it? Got it? Good.

Senator McCain, if you are a terrible candidate and run a terrible campaign with no new ideas, you aren’t going to get a lot of coverage running against someone who is a good candidate and running a good campaign. You can whine about it all you want, it isn’t going to help. Worse still, every time the cameras turn to you, it’s just in time to watch you put your foot in your mouth. Sorry, Senator McCain, when it’s a better product, it’s not bias, and Senator Barack Obama is a better product.

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A political blogger for the International Business Times, Steve Leser is a hot national political pundit. He has appeared on MSNBC's Coundown with Keith Olbermann, Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Russia Today's (RT) Crosstalk with (more...)
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