The unanimous, wise Beltway wisdom was that Barack Obama "blew it" in the last Democratic debate by proclaiming his willingness to meet with leaders of hostile countries, while Hillary Clinton scored a big victory. As but one example, from Thursday's Chris Matthews Show:
MATTHEWS: I share your sentiments. But as a journalist, I have to look at the politics of this thing. Your last words?
[Weekly Standard's Stephen] HAYES: I think if he continues down this course I think he's in serious trouble because it‘s unsustainable.
MATTHEWS: Too far left?
But they're wrong, badly wrong.
Forty-two percent (42%) of Americans say that the next President should meet with the heads of nations such as Iran, Syria, and North Korea without setting any preconditions. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% disagree while 24% are not sure.
That question came up during last Monday's Presidential Debate with Illinois Senator Barack Obama saying he would commit to such meetings and New York Senator Hillary Clinton offering a more cautious response. Democrats, by a 55% to 22% margin, agree with Obama.
There you have it. Chris Matthews and countless members of the media along with their array of Washington talking heads decide how you think. Barack is a loser. Over time, this kind of media falsehood becomes a self-confirming prophecy. Establishment wins; you lose.
Just another service of the ruling oligarchy.
Update: Pretty delicious! NPR's report on the Obama-Clinton dust-up makes Hillary not only a flip-flopper but kind of silly and not very attractive. Suggested listening for those who'd just as soon see all beltway dynasts experience a left chop.