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Kilgore: Village Media’s Self-Parody Hits Overdrive

Ed Kilgore has a blast with inside-the-beltway media’s self-importance in his Washington Monthly post, “D.C. to Obama: Don’t Mess with this Town.” Responding to a VandeHei/Allen almost gleeful Politico post claiming that ‘the town’ is turning against President Obama, Kilgore explains, “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.”
Kilgore quotes the Politico tag team:

….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…Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

They add that NYT columnist Maureen Down has joined the bash-Obama fest, as if she is the emblematic Democratic progressive, to which Kilgore dryly responds, “Yes, MoDo is your representative Democrat. When you’ve lost her, you’ve clearly lost the Blue States altogether.”
The Politico tag team also trots out the “Anonymous Insider Democrat” to whine about Obama’s lack of political courtship skills — “He has never taken the Democratic chairs up to Camp David to have a drink or to have a discussion,” no “flowers and candy” blah blah.
Kilgore observes that “…The new “narrative” of Obama being on the ropes is bringing back all sorts of stupid and discredited criticisms. “This town” has turned on him! That’s all that matters.” Allen/VandeHei also attribute Bush’s miserable record to his failure to observe D.C.’s political etiquette, rather than his failed policies on a broad range of national issues.
The Politicos “come so close to self-parody that every sentence is like a pinata you could hit from any direction,” notes Kilgore. “…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.”
Meanwhile, far, far from the beltway, out in the real world, the actual electorate’s response to all the village hyper-ventillating can most accurately be described as a collective yawn, as Charlie Cook explains, quoted in the post below.

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