Sunday, June 24, 2012

Missed it by that much

Ann Althouse's wikipedia entry ends:

Althouse voted for Barack Obama for President in the 2008 election, and she remarked in January 2009: "he really is a solid, normal person who remained grounded in the middle of all this craziness. And I like to think that, now that he's President, with his steely nerve, his intelligence, and his groundedness, he'll do the job that must be done. The trickery is over."[10]

Missed it by that much.

I check her blog fairly often (Glenn Reynolds, the blogfather at Instapundit, links to her frequently).  I suspect she now regrets both her vote and her judgment of Obama.  He's clearly not a normal, solid person and he sorely lacks steely nerve, intelligence or groundedness.

The interesting question is not so much how she and others could be fooled.  For me, the question is how much blame the news media bears for her ignorance about Obama.  Had the news media not completely abdicated its duty to vet presidential candidates, how much more of his bizarre fictionalized life story would have come to light?  How much more pressure would he have felt and how would he have reacted to that pressure?

We are already seeing signs that he doesn't handle stress well at all and that he seems incapable of leadership.  Isn't it very likely that the same flaws would have come to the surface, if the news media had done its job during the campaign?

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