Imagine if every disgruntled ex-lover, ex-spouse, ex-friend and/or ex-employee in your life had the chance to dish dirt on you – to expose your deepest, darkest secrets. Affairs, flings, drug use, shoplifting, drunk driving, cheating on tests – every closet has a few skeletons. How many skeletons do you have?
I’m talking about stuff you really did – but spun in the least flattering light. Add in made-up lies and anything is possible. They don’t have to prove any of it – it’s up to you to disprove it.
How many people could survive that?
Not everyone has to. If you are approved by the establishment your secrets are safe. The media will help you to cover them up and will attack anyone who tries to expose them. Even when your secrets are revealed the media will dismiss them as irrelevant.
The basic rule is there are no rules. Bill Clinton got hammered for admitting he tried smoking pot but “didn’t inhale.” George Bush and Barack Obama got away with admitting to using cocaine.
The sex lives of Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain are open season, but Barack Obama’s is off limits. John Edwards’ sex life was off limits until his candidacy was over. Ted Kennedy got kicked out of college for cheating, then later drove his car off a bridge while drunk and left a woman he wasn’t married to behind to drown and it didn’t end his career.
If the media dislikes you they will fixate on every thing you say, pointing to every slip of the tongue, mispronounciation and verbal gaffe as proof you are a moron. If they like you then you can be a moron and they will say your mistakes are proof that you are smarter than everyone else.
Which brings us to this:
Furthermore, Mr. Romney, still unable to reach beyond 25 percent in GOP polls, may have hit his high-water mark. Consider how the selectively quiet mainstream media waged war on the conservative challengers, one by one, just as they began to pose threats to Mr. Romney, yet they have found little time for exposes on Romneycare or Bain Capital or – brace yourself – racism in the Mormon Church. Don’t worry, they will. Meanwhile, conservatives should ask themselves why they’re holding back now.
Even Mr. Romney’s supporters admit this. Washington icon Ann Coulter has curiously joined league with ultraliberal Obamaphiles Bill Maher and Warren Buffett, as well as the one-woman brain trust, Meghan McCain, to support Mr. Romney in the primaries. Miss Coulter claims the mainstream media are “terrified” of a Romney GOP nomination. Destroying her own argument, she predicts there will be an “explosion” of anti-Romney news stories that “have already been written, but they’re not scheduled for release until the day Romney wraps up the nomination.”
Miss Coulter doesn’t explain what motivates the media to shield the Romney campaign during the primaries. The answer is obvious: Mitt Romney is the media’s rope-a-dope re-election strategy for Barack Obama. They hope we’ll bite.
The media will turn on Mr. Romney faster and with greater vengeance than they did Mr. McCain in 2008, and when they do, his poll numbers – unlike those of his GOP rivals who already have faced their firestorms – will crater like Mr. McCain’s did. I would guess they’re already hunting down every family with a grievance against Bain Capital for breathless “How Mitt Romney destroyed our family” news stories. Unfair? Absolutely. Damaging? You decide.
If you still don’t believe the Obama-friendly media are hoping Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination, Google “Mitt Romney money picture” and ask yourself why the media are – for now – holding back this unseemly photo. It shows the former Massachusetts governor beside his former business partners with cash pouring out of their pockets, lapels, shirt collars and even a few body orifices. Even unapologetic champions of the free market cringe with anticipation of the bonanza that photo provides for Team Obama, which already loves to blame the weak economy on “fat-cat” bankers. This photo will be Exhibit A.
If I had to pick the single, most important lesson from 2008, it’s that we should beware the media darlings.
I don’t know whether Mitt Romney is being set up as a sacrificial lamb or not. A more likely explanation is a fixed race with two ringers. Obama is a Wall Street puppet. Romney is a Wall Street alumni. Either way, Wall Street wins.