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    Since when?

    Since when?

    Walter Shapiro on the risk that the GOP Just Might Nominate [Herman Cain] a Candidate Patently Unqualified to Be President:

    This is how presidential vetting traditionally works. The press pack pounces on the logical fallacies in a candidate’s positions and the shakiness of his resume. Party elites and top fundraisers then decide, if they have not already, that any candidate subjected to this kind of non-ideological media assault is unelectable. And eventually voters—especially when the calendar moves beyond activist-dominated Iowa—get the message that they are trying to elect a president and not merely thumbing their noses at the establishment.

    Since when does it work this way?  Certainly not in 2008.

    It was the press’ distinct disinterest in Barack Obama’s past and associations which resulted in a temperamentally unfit, economically unqualified, and politically mischievous candidate winning by a sizable margin.

    If the good faith of the press is our weather vane, then it’s a foul wind.


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    mdw9661 | October 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I take from this that the media wants to select our nominee but accepts statements of “hope and change” as the only prerequisite on their side.

    WarEagle82 | October 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    If Barack H. Obama was qualified to be president in 2008 then Herman Cain is technically OVERQUALIFIED!

    Barack Obama forever did away the the concept of “qualified.” The bar is now set so low that the average stock clerk from Wal-mart is qualified to serve as president.

    barbara | October 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    “good faith” and “press”


    ThomasD | October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    So we are left with the conclusion that Shapiro is either an idiot lacking in any sense of recent historical events, or (my vote) fundamentally dishonest.

    With the latest revelation that Romney won’t back Kasich on the Union reform laws that Ohio passed I am really starting to detest Romney. If he’s the nominee it will be the second election in a row where the voters had a choice between 2 Democrats. Makes me want to puke.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Oxbay. | October 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      The phrase I use is “Romney 2012- Obama’s second term, win or lose.”.

      Subotai Bahadur

      Aridog in reply to Oxbay. | October 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

      As I said earlier, Romney is behaving exactly like former Michigan governor William Milliken. He has the same basic born to the mansion roots, leading to vast plans with half vast ideas … all of which sponsor high taxes and political butt kissing.

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