On Morning Joe today there was the usual Rick Perry bashing and the, recently, customary analysis of how Obama needs to Go Big or Go Home. The tension is building for media sleight of hand regarding Obama. I predict that after Thursday Obama will have his groove back as the new Comeback Kid, channelling FDR and kicking ass. Hoffa set the stage with a left hook, and now Obama will deliver the knockout punch-- the Tea Party will be yesterday's puny obstructionists and Republicans will fall one by one as Obama delivers Hope and Change at last. Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the drift -- it's on, and 2012 is in gear. Media will do their best to portray Obama as a transformative figure bringing America back to her former greatness, but this time with a kinder, more humble heart and a collective will to sacrifice for the common good.
It's not an accident that much of this will coincide with 9/11. The media can't help itself, it's politically absorbed. The Morning Joe show today could have had cut-out cardborad representations and recordings of its guests and nothing much would've been different -- it's the same old tired conservation leading up to the transition of Obama into a new President, and the fall of the Republican Party. The problem is that the public doesn't pay much attention to Morning Joe and Tina Brown or Tom Brokaw or Joe Scarborough or Mike Barnicle or Rick Stengel. There are two worlds -- the political realm and the private realm, and the two are drifting further apart. In the political world, the players are looking for marketing gimmicks to create a believable illusion, while in the private realm people are looking for real solutions and a way out from under the oppressive thumb of government.