But if there were unreasonably high expectations for Obama, who set them most aggressively if not the fawning media that wanted him inaugurated by Thanksgiving 2008 because he could leap buildings in a single bound? Obama loved it. There was no humility, and certainly no effort to convince his media friends not to build those lofty expectations on cable news conclaves and the covers of the news magazines. He accepted the adoration from every fawning journalist that bowed before him.
Compare the effectiveness of Obama's communications, aided and abetted by the "news" media, to the effectiveness of Obama's toughest adversaries in the tea party movement. How could the tea party message succeed with the people if the effectiveness of their communications was pounded with mud and slime at every step? The media hammered continuously, like a negative commercial that won't go away, declaring the tea party was racist, ignorant and believers in every conspiracy theory that disparaged Obama's uniquely exotic and cosmopolitan appeal.
And yet, those homophobic racist rednecks utterly upended the Obama agenda, with all the so-called "objective" media's hostile hot air blowing in their face.
All of this underlines the narrative that had unfolded before the Obama phenomenon came along: the decline of the Old Media's stranglehold on the national conversation and the ascent of a New Media putting out stories and investigations that the Old Media refused to cover. Obama's communications were not compromised by the networks jumping on the frauds of ACORN, or the science-twisting scandal of "Climategate," or "stimulus" dollars being sent to 72,000 dead people. Those stories were ignored. If it threatened to throw a wrench into Obama's juggernaut, the Old Media weren't interested.
All Obama and his servile media can do now to save their leftist agenda is try to keep painting their Republican and tea party opponents as racist troglodytes who want to reinstall the Great Depression. Will it work any better in 2011 than it did in 2010?