Print the legend
The legend is that Barack Obama is our most intelligent president ever but the facts contradict the legend.
That legend, manufactured, distributed, and sustained by the Obama community and Democrats writ large is contrary to all evidence. And yet the myth of Obama’s intellect continues to be observed by the traditional (that is, liberal and mainstream) media.
Why? Because the legend fits into the paradigm they want Obama to fulfill: mixed race man with mysterious multi-cultural past ascends to the world’s most powerful position, aspires to put Americans in their place and will right all the wrongs of capitalism and free-markets. The result? The nation will be infused with the wisdom of the greatest liberal ubermensch since Ted Kennedy (and without the Kennedy baggage).
Until this week, the Obama campaign’s strategy of interest-group payoffs and demonization of Romney seemed, if tawdry, at least a possible route to reelection. The president’s promises to deliver more and more “free” stuff for carefully selected grantees — adorned in the language of sticking up for the “middle class” — appeared to have a chance of success.
But the decision to embrace one of the least popular Democratic positions of the past 100 years — opposition to the work requirement for welfare recipients — is inexplicable politically.
When you start believing your own press releases, trouble is sure to follow. And when the facts interfere with the media legend, print the legend.