That article did not display the audacity of hope but the audacity of phoniness, claiming something even the interns at Newsweek knew was untrue. Obama's record since then is about as centrist as Trent Lott's. Obama's lifetime American Conservative Union rating is eight percent conservative. Lott's is 92 percent.
Not every endorsement from the ultraliberal side went unnoticed. Obama's endorsement by Ted Kennedy was greeted by the media in ecstatic terms, as passing the torch of "Camelot." So much for the color purple.
As January ended, National Journal magazine reported its finding that Senator Obama was the most liberal politician in the Senate in 2007, 95.5 percent liberal. Both Hillary Clinton and Obama shifted further to the left last year to compete for the left-wing base. Obama's campaign reacted with sheer denial. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki insisted to National Journal that "he's the one candidate who's shown the ability to appeal to Republicans and the ability to appeal to independents."
Apparently, that's all it takes to put a lid on the Obama's-a-liberal talk. Once again, large parts of the "news" media didn't find any news in the National Journal ranking to disturb their bizarre centrist-Obama storyline. Newsweek did notice the ranking briefly -- in an item that touted allegedly "dedicated" Republicans who are switching to Obama, the "Obamacans." Why are the "Obamacans" important? According to reporter Richard Wolffe, "even small numbers of Obamacans can reinforce the candidate's unity message the friendly outreach may blunt the ferocity of GOP attacks."
Yes, especially if those small numbers of pseudo-Republicans are aggressively promoted by Newsweek, which they will be, if Obama's the Democratic nominee. Mark my words.
In every election cycle, the allegedly professional media elite deny the obvious truth before the electorate's eyes: that the Democrats are nominating a doctrinaire liberal. To in any way dissent from this media distortion is, in turn, reported as a "ferocious" partisan attack. It's going to be a long and frustrating year for conservatives. We're not only going to have to weather constant accusations of racism or sexism (or both) for opposing the Democratic nominee, we're going to be described as vicious for simply telling the truth about their ideology.