In the heat of battle, those numbers are probably exaggerated. But if the fall election is as close as the last two, even if only one in 10 keep this promise, it could give the election to McCain. Are the "objective" media supposed to fret so publicly over the chances of the Democrats?
Sitting in for Katie Couric at CBS, Harry Smith was more obvious with Obama about urging Hillary to step aside. "If you're the presumptive candidate here, isn't it time that you say, with some severity, that we can't go on like this?" After Obama replied, "well, no," Smith objected: "At the cost of losing the general election?"
These anchors also have behaved like loyal Democrats in how they glossed over Obama's worsening problem with his minister, Jeremiah Wright. The day before the interviews, CNSNews.com exposed the November/December 2007 edition of Wright's church magazine The Trumpet. Wright proclaimed the crucifixion of Jesus was a "public lynching, Italian-style" and that "The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans." Again, Wright proclaimed that in America and around the world, "white supremacy is clearly in charge."
A news story for the networks? No. Once again, CBS's Smith was softer. He completely skipped the issue. ABC's Gibson hailed Obama for his "extraordinary" speech on race, and then gently, vaguely nudged: "Can you understand why many, particularly white voters, are so repelled by the remarks that he has made?"
Gibson acknowledged Wright's remarks were repulsive to "many," but apparently not to him. He did not ask why Obama would donate buckets of cash to this sinister minister with the "God damn America" sermons who's now spoiling Obama's appeal with Italian-Americans.
Then there's NBC. By the time they gained their own access to Obama on the campaign trail, Ann Curry was asking Obama which rock band the candidate preferred, "Beatles or the Rolling Stones?"
The networks want Hillary to lose Pennsylvania, so she's not making up the sound of rhetorical sniper fire from her usual media allies. No one should have any doubt that all will be forgiven when and if she decides to bow her knee to the media-manufactured majesty of the Great and Powerful Obama.