Obama’s been in the Bubble for too long. Far be it from me to agree with the mega-moron, Dana Milbank, on much of anything. But so he indicates in today’s column, and he appears to nail it fairly well here , so far as he dares to go. He says, in part;
In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting, Obama loyalists expressed puzzlement that the incumbent had done badly. But Obama has only himself to blame, because he set himself up for Wednesday’s emperor-has-no-clothes moment. For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry.
Obama has set a modern record for refusal to be quizzed by the media, taking questions from reporters far less often than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even George W. Bush. Though his opponent in 2008 promised to take questions from lawmakers like the British prime minister does, Obama has shied from mixing it up with members of Congress, too. And, especially since Rahm Emanuel’s departure, Obama is surrounded by a large number of yes men who aren’t likely to get in his face.
This insularity led directly to the Denver debacle: Obama was out of practice and unprepared to be challenged.
What Milbank dares not say, is that what Obama was selling… four more years of failure by way of leftist policy ala Obama, was unsaleable. That it wasn’t just a lack of practice, but also a lack of intellectual truth that led Obama to stand in the corner, eyes downcast like some schoolboy being read the riot act by his teacher.
If Milbank had the stones and the honesty, he might have told the truth on that point, as well. But Milbank’s a leftist, so who could expect that level of truth, when the el;election hangs in the balance?