Krugman responds to Obama
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 06:33:18 AM EST
I've already posted my thoughts on Obama's personal attack on Krugman. Anyone that looks at what Krugman wrote would conclude that Obama's campaign selectively lifted quotes that were favorabl,e while leaving out those which showed Krugman's "Then" is no different than his "Now" regarding his criticism of Obama's healthcare plan. More from Krugman:
But then Obama started attacking his rivals from the right, denouncing their proposals using exactly the same false claims that conservatives will use to try to derail reform in the future.
And now, having been caught out on the facts, the Obama people respond with a personal attack, lifting quotes out of context to pretend that I never had problems with the plan. Something is very wrong here.
I've been considering these questions for some time, and I'm becoming more and more convinced that Obama is trying to win the "media primary" (which I referred to awhile ago). My suspicion is that Barack is attempting to appease/manipulate the class of establishment pundits, and with them the press corps as a whole. It's not a bad strategy as far as it goes. As Rove knew, if you can get the press to attack a candidate, you don't have to do it (or pay the price with higher negatives). An opponent, no matter how formidable, isn't so scary if he or she is busy fighting the press AND the opposing campaign. By making noises about Social Security and mandates, Obama is feeding the media beast. Heck, it might even work, if recent polls are any evidence.
What concerns me is that the beast is always hungry. I know Obama doesn't want to go on some crusade against the powers that be (look what that's done for Edwards), but do you really have to suck up to them that much? Do you really think the press will stay friendly to you forever? Did you read that execrable Washington Post piece on the "Madrassa" rumor?
So while Obama's (or should I say David Axelrod's) strategy might make sense, I find it very, very worrisome.