About 5 million politically active US citizens are fired up, angry & overwrought because of the recent so-called debate on ABC News in which Charles Gibson & George Stephanopolous threw a few major league curveballs at the junior senator from Illinois. Many Obamarama fans assert that the questions asked were unfair, trivial, stupid, insulting, contemptuous & snide or derisive as well as banal, cheap, hashed & re-hashed, repetitive & condescending if not outright demeaning, scurrilous & dumb.
It seems that ABC News benefitted from this process, somehow, because the largest audience for a presidential debate in this primary season tuned in to watch and bumped up the TV ratings. What Ziff Nada, noted columnist & guru of punditry, wants to know is how did an audience of over 10 million viewers discover in advance that this Barack bashing event would take place and realize that they must tune in to be observors of history in the making and spend the next few days weeping, wailing & gnashing their teeth over the shabby treatment of their candidate? Or is it more accurate that, as the TV debate began to unfold, the Obama faithful phoned & messaged their colleagues & caused them to watch the developing horror story of the good senator being subjected to such nefarious lines of questioning?
Mr. Nada has dealt with these issues in various of his columns, but not many of the broadcast "journalists" covered such questions until this debate. It also became obvious to Ziff that his "dead tree" competitors, for the most part, excoriated Gibson & Stephanopolous for their unmitigated attacks on Mr. Obama.
Ziff noted, in his notable column, that most of the poobahs of punditry have never once dealt with the tough probes that will reveal how Sen. Obama may handles such questions as "have you stopped beating your wife?" or "why do you sneak cigarettes in the car on the way to your appearances?" and "did you know Rush Limbaugh has sworn affidavits from 5 Illinois blondes who claim to have borne your illegitimate, unrecognized bastard child?" Not to mention the transgendered . . . ? well, enough of this. In his column, Ziff Nada put it succinctly: "Mr. Obama's a novice and his disciples are whiners."
Senator Obama has demurred on a diatribe about the debate, reportedly recognizing that the Straight Talk Express of forked-tongue McW will pose far nastier types of these questions in the general election campaign--should the Illinois salon win the nomination of his party. GOP spinmeisters are slobbering at their chops as they hope to run against Barack Obama in the Fall. And, because J. McBush has his nomination in the bag, Republican voters by the scores of thousands cross over in their primary elections to vote for the Illinois center to make certain he is the Democratic Party nominee.