It's also refreshing that the media don't always abide by the rule of rewarding the candidate who grants them the most access. If their excuse-making about McCain in 2000 were more genuine, it would appear that the press would be putting its own professional needs and desires ahead of the people. Collectively they resemble a spoiled child preferring whichever uncle brings the most toys.
The press easily slips into arrogance, equating itself with the people. Refusing to talk to them isn't a refusal to talk to a few people who then report to other people. Shutting them out is utterly shutting the entire public out. They act clueless to the idea that conservatives don't grant as much access to reporters because it feels to them like putting sharks into your swimming pool -- and feels like you're wearing a swimming suit of steak.
Granting access can't give McCain an advantage this time. The media elite talks a lot now about the enormous "head winds" McCain faces as a candidate. The greatest of those is the undisguised passion that liberals have to make "history" and have a black man standing before Chief Justice Roberts, taking the oath. Anyone standing in the way of that cinematic dream seems to be preparing to spray Barack Obama with a hose like Bull Connor's segregationist minions.
You could say it doesn't seem to matter to them what kind of "history" follows with a President Obama. But in truth, they expect a lot of liberalism to follow. Obama's race is not merely a historical marker. It is a way to pick the lock, running an ultraliberal candidate with a voting record to the left of socialist Bernie Sanders, but who can be presented to the country as their chance to prove their willingness to "desegregate" the presidency.
Barack Obama should be credited with some political prowess for taking apart the Clinton machine in the primaries, which almost no one expected a year ago. But in every national race, the Democrat's prowess is greatly enhanced by a cheerleading press corps. Behind the scenes, journalists still believe, as Newsweek's Evan Thomas blurted out four years ago, that the glow they put on Democratic candidates offers Democrats a 15-point advantage. Buying more donuts for the press bus isn't going to help McCain.