Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Will Scandal Drive Obama Off the 2012 Ticket?

Congressional inquiries come and they go; what makes the Issa investigations any different? Everyone knows that Chicago politics has taken hold in Washington DC and that the "actors" are smart enough to make it almost impossible to indict or convict. In any event, it will take so long that the elections will be over before anything can get done. The best we can hope for is for the scandals to be vetted in the MSM; little chance prior to the election. Republicans have to nominate a candidate that cannot fail in the November elections. Right now Romney appears to be the only one. Let us hope a new star arises before the nomination process is final

As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown, and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as president. Under Obama, America's foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence. They are increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in tatters. America's debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy. And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of strength.

To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency.

A tipping point appears to have been reached in the last month or so. The myth of Obama has ended. There is now open talk from the media that Obama cannot win in 2012.

Just as Democrats don't want a pariah at the top of the ticket, many in the media do not want to continue plugging what is obviously a failed candidate. The protective shield that existed is being dismantled. The press is more interested in saving what credibility they have left, rather than justifying an increasingly indefensible and broken presidency.

Investigative reporting, so obviously missing when Obama was The Next Coming, is likely to be cranked up. The media will fully cover any official investigations. Furthermore, entrepreneurs within their ranks and within the internet community are likely to focus on filling in the blanks in Obama's missing past.

The attraction of being the next Woodward or Bernstein is strong. Now that it is acceptable to attack, if not destroy, the fallen hero, look for lots of new information to come out. The chance to "change history" is an overpowering incentive for cub and seasoned reporters.
This is a very dangerous time for the president. Two of his two biggest supporters have incentives to remove him from office.

Any investigations are likely to be real. That does not mean that President Obama is not getting a fair shake. His problem is that justice, for all the wrong reasons, will be getting a fair shake. That is usually fatal for politicians under investigation.

Read full American Thinker article here.

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