While the Obama cultists refuse to abide fair criticism of their idol, and while the recusant refusenik Clintonistas fail to follow their own leader's lead, Max Bergmann nailed the problem:
This is the week that should have effectively ended John McCain's efforts to become the next president of the United States. But you wouldn't know it if you watched any of the mainstream media outlets or followed political reporting in the major newspapers.
During this past week: McCain called the most important entitlement program in the U.S. a disgrace, his top economic adviser called the American people whiners, McCain released an economic plan that no one thought was serious, he flip flopped on Iraq, joked about the deaths of Iranian citizens, and denied making comments that he clearly made -- TWICE. All this and it is not even Friday! Yet watching and reading the mainstream press you would think McCain was having a pretty decent political week, I mean at least Jesse Jackson didn't say anything about him.
Two forms of derangement have poisoned the Democratic Party. Both are completely disassociated with reality. One deludes itself into believing that an intelligent but fairly typical professional politician is something special and unique, and that even his clear failures and capitulations are trivial. And that honestly assessing and offering fair criticism are worse than the failures and capitulations themselves. We have seen such supporters before.
The other form of derangement deludes itself into believing that a compromised and compromising politician is as bad, or worse, than a truly deranged one. There is literally nothing in John McCain's policy proposals that could possibly appeal to any honest liberal or progressive. Even on the issues on which he is supposedly moderate, he is only less extreme than the most extreme elements of his extremist party.
But the real point is Bergmann's point. Because the corporate media are already giving McCain a pass on everything. As they will continue to do. And they will eventually figure out which concocted crisis to use to undermine Obama. And as I keep saying: if we are not honest in our criticism of Obama, we will have no credibility to defend him when the lies and smears start rolling in. As we know they will.