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Enough With the GOP Obits


After working your way through a stack of news stories on the GOP that could all have the headline “They’ve Fallen! And They Can’t Get Up!” it’s refreshing to consider what Cheri Jacobus suggests in her column in The Hill newspaper. Never get your sense of the political “weather” from that Obama advertising agency known as the “news” media:

With the media fawning over President Obama and failing to appropriately cover several key Democrat problems, scandals and missteps, a false sense of security for the Democrats is growing.

The media, snugly tucked into the Democrats’ back pocket, paint a deceivingly rosy picture of the job Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are doing. The shopworn “conventional wisdom” that the GOP has marginalized itself into near-oblivion is being pedaled daily by cocksure reporters and (other) Democratic operatives.

But the emerging true storyline is increasingly becoming diametrically opposed to this myopic view. Last rites for the GOP may be premature.

A recent Gallup poll shows Americans overwhelmingly disagree with Obama on closing Guantanamo. Rasmussen reports Republicans and Democrats tied on the generic congressional ballot. Americans have a more favorable opinion of former Vice President Cheney than Pelosi and trust Republicans over Democrats on economic issues. And Reid is down nationally, and in serious trouble in his home state of Nevada.

Usually, it takes a few solid election-cycle wins before a party adopts the attitude of the invincible. But with full cooperation and complicity of the media, Obama and his leftward-lurching Democratic Party are feeling their oats. How else can presiding over the largest level of unemployment in 25 years be spun into “saving” jobs rather than creating the 3 million jobs promised in return for blind allegiance to the stimulus spending spree? The press should be apoplectic at the suggestion, and insulted, that the president would even hint at such a self-serving slice of ignorance. Instead, they lap it up, eager for their next helping of DNC talking points.

Voters will catch on soon enough.


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