Because of Hillary's name, prominence, and familiar personality, the national media has roasted her -- and former President Bill Clinton -- over the coals. This has provided Obama with a virtual halo to light his way. He's been generally portrayed as a movie star, even as Sen. Clinton has been lampooned and lambasted for everything from what she wears to how she asks questions to her supposed mood swings. This has all bordered on being at least sexist, and probably absurd.
You may hate Hillary and even Bill Clinton. But surely no one with half a brain could have couched the former president as a racist for noting nothing more than the press's failure to more closely examine Obama.
After Carter won his party's nomination, the press turned on him. He was suddenly an "outsider," and once he and his team reached Washington, Carter went from being a fresh new face to being a redneck with a backwoods family and an incompetent staff. I may not have agreed with his policies, but I certainly could see the bias of a D.C. elite looking down with undisguised disdain on the new Southern crowd in town.
For Obama, his time to be vetted will likely come sooner rather than later. It will be a test by the media elite to see if the candidate they love has the stuff to make them proud. That test will be tame by most standards of the past.
For McCain, it will come later. It will be vicious. And it will be designed to make Obama the next president of the United States. Those who will attack McCain may not themselves even realize or admit their true reasons for hitting him so hard.
And if Obama wins in November, he then should be prepared for the very same ride that Jimmy Carter enjoyed, deserved or not. No matter how unique any novel political figure in Washington may seem, if he or she is capable of bleeding, then blood there eventually shall be.
If I were Obama, I would want the savvy individuals that Jordan suggested to help me survive. If I were McCain, I would seek strong and early political advice, no matter how much experience I already have.