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May 15, 2013

Is the National Narrative On Obama Collapsing?

I don't mean the media Narrative, I mean the public Narrative, what people tell themselves, the Conventional Wisdom people share.

I don't think the media will ever fall out of love with their Beloved -- he cheats and he lies, true, but it's nice to know there's a Bad Boy under that smooth, Nice Guy exterior -- but the national narrative might just.

Pollster Stu Rothenberg:

. It’s hard to overstate the potential significance of the past week. What we are witnessing is nothing less than a dramatic reversal of the nation’s political narrative...

The danger for Obama, of course, is that many Americans will start to doubt his administration’s veracity and values. If that happens — and for now it is only a danger, not an inevitability — then the president could well turn into a serious liability for Democrats in next year’s elections.

An anonymous Democratic strategist wrote:

“The AP phone records thing just sealed the deal for what the newest narrative around the Obama administration is going to be. They are the new Nixon admin when it comes to bullying, withholding info and targeting enemies. The right won’t probably call him directly Nixon because you know, Nixon was a Republican, but it will be the basic idea. You will hear claims that there has never been an administration who reached so far to suppress information and dissent. While I don’t think this is actually the full truth, it is hard to not realize this is fully the fault of the administration that perception has gotten to this point."

McConnell had some advice for reporters which they'll ignore:

“Before taking a few questions,” McConnell said, “let me just add one thing. As you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?”

Dennis Miller:

“Listen, a few more days like this — Obama’s going to claim he was born in Kenya just to get the heat off,” Miller said. “Listen, nothing is going to happen. Show’s over folks."


Miller said he suspected the AP angle will be the only thing that motivates the press to investigate the Obama administration because, unlike the other scandals, it impacts them personally.

“But when you tap an AP reporter’s phone line and find out how much they’re not getting laid, that’ll get the press P.O.’d. The rest of this is all smoke and mirrors. They don’t care about Benghazi. They don’t care about the IRS. They’ll feign a little indignation, but nobody’s going to go after this guy on that. To think he was tapping reporter’s phones — what a perfect symbiosis that they’re such ass-kissers and he’s someone who really just looks them in the eye and says ‘kiss my ass.’ It is beautiful, it is beautiful that they met each other on this planet.”

I agree. I've been annoyed at the AP and media trying to jockey for First Victim status, especially because you know they're just going to apologize to Obama for ever having suspected him by next week.

On the Me Front, I'm sneezing so hard I'm biting my tongue at the edges.

I wouldn't call myself a Hero.

Others might. But I shy away from such talk.

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