The New York Times refutes its own Obama campaign hype [Karl]
Sunday’s New York Times contains a bit of self-refuting dreck from Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny,Ã‚Â headlined “Obama Is Mapping a Nationwide Push in G.O.P. Strongholds”:
Senator Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s general election plan calls for broadening the electoral map by challenging Senator John McCain in typically Republican states Ã¢â‚¬â€ from North Carolina to Missouri to Montana Ã¢â‚¬â€ as Mr. Obama seeks to take advantage of voter turnout operations built in nearly 50 states in the long Democratic nomination battle, aides said.
What follows provides virtually no support for the lede.Ã‚Â Indeed:
…While early assertions by presidential campaigns that they intend to expand the playing field are often little more than feints intended to force opponents to spend time and money defending states that they should have locked up, Mr. ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fund-raising success gives his campaign more flexibility than most to play in more places.
Mr. ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aides said some states where they intend to campaign Ã¢â‚¬â€ like Georgia, Missouri, Montana and North Carolina Ã¢â‚¬â€ might ultimately be too red to turn blue. But the result of making an effort there could force Mr. McCain to spend money or send him to campaign in what should be safe ground, rather than using those resources in states like Ohio.
Nagourney and Zeleny’s second paragraphÃ‚Â is largely a refutation ofÃ‚Â the first,Ã‚Â yet it got by the supposed editorial staff without an eyebrow raised.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The reality is as I noted on June 5:
[T]he map is unlikely to be recolored in any significant sense.Ã‚Â Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee in large part because his team knows how to pick its battles, and how toÃ‚Â allocate itsÃ‚Â resources shrewdly.Ã‚Â Team Obama will likely focus on the states most likely to turn blue (and on weak spots in red states that could force the GOP to defend semi-marginal states).Ã‚Â If the overall politcal environment moves further to the Democrats, Obama may expand his target list, but he will likely be reactive on that score, not proactive.
The third piece of hype isÃ‚Â ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â retention ofÃ‚Â Howard DeanÃ‚Â as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, while installingÃ‚Â another of his top strategists, Paul Tewes, to help expand the DNC staff and oversee party operations.Ã‚Â The spin that this is demonstrating a commitment to Dean-oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 50 state strategy is bought by both Stein and the AP, but putting Tewes in charge of the nuts and bolts likely demonstrates a lack of confidence in DeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts to date.Ã‚Â
The NYT can now be added to the list of those buying the 50-state hype.Ã‚Â Beyond that, the Obama campaign is still selling the notion that it can put a state like Mississippi in play, though a look at the numbers proves this to be very difficult, if not impossible.
The Obama campaign has proven that itÃ‚Â is smart and shrewd.Ã‚Â That the New York Times is buying hype painting the campaign as bold andÃ‚Â dumb speaks more to the establishment media’s own gullibility andÃ‚Â wishful thinking.