The two most self-important people in the establishment media declare that Obama has lost D.C.
Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei (above) of Politico want you to know THIS:
The town is turning on President Obama — and this is very bad news for this White House.
Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama — and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.
Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential ingredient for a good old-fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad stories and public scolding to pile up.
Meanwhile, Ed Kilgore wants you to know THIS:
What amazes me the most about this column is the forthright announcement that the MSM are going to make explicit common cause with the GOP…
Harris and VandeHei come so close to self-parody that every sentence is like a pinata you could hit from any direction. But make no mistake: this is a declaration of war by elements of the Beltway Media who are determined to show us all they still have the power to “bring down a president,” as they arrogantly used to say about Watergate, and that not only the GOP but the Breitbartian wingnuts have a new ally in the “Vetting” of Barack Obama.
And David Atkins want you to know THIS:
Allen and Vandehei seem convinced that the backbiters in the cocktail circuit have some extraordinary power to damage the standing of Presidents. They don’t, actually, though they like to pretend they do…
Bill Clinton survived his entire eight years with remarkably high approval ratings, including throughout the trumped up impeachment. There were a lot of progressive policy reasons to be unhappy with President Clinton, but that’s not why Beltway courtiers had a problem with him. The D.C. mosquainitoes were upset that Clinton wasn’t one of them, and they made sure he knew about it. Not that it mattered. Bill Clinton, for all his personal and policy warts, brushed them off nearly effortlessly.
Nor was it the Beltway Press that harmed George W. Bush’s reputation. For the most part, the press treated Dubya with kid gloves if not fawning adulation well into his second term. What killed the Bush Administration was the weight of the horrifically immoral invasion of Iraq, the utterly botched effort in Afghanistan, the attempt to privatize Social Security, and an array of real criminal scandals that should by all rights have sent a number of Bush cabinet officials to prison, and others to the Hague. Those things have a way of dragging down a President’s approval rating with or without the help of the Mean Girls of D.C…
Vandehei and Allen aren’t upset over real policy concerns that normal Americans actually care about. They’re annoyed that the President hasn’t sucked up enough to the petty leeches that make up the cozy cocktail circuit whose detestable middle-school cafeteria culture cannot be subject to enough righteous scorn. Too bad, kiddos.