Tiny keeps her eye on the prize as we keep on keeping on our quest to capture on "film" the ever elusive "decisive moment" when she rises up to grab with both paws a rose from the Christmas centerpiece tossed in her direction.
"If the Obama presidency ends as poorly as it has begun, blame for this must be massively sheeted home* to the media," says reader David Elder in the comments of Melanie Phillips's must-read UK Spectator column, "America —What have you done?" [via Lucianne]. We'll excerpt Elder's comments in a moment, but first a taste of columnist Phillips's savory prose:
Torrid, indeed. The perfect word to describe the purple prose — "writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response" — that is Obama's presidency. Now back to commenter David Elder's muscular prose in full:
They did not make even perfunctory routine inquiry into his dubious church and political connections over many years. They allowed Obama to escape accountability for his party's considerable culpability in the economic disaster of recent times. They misreported the Iraq WMD issue, and the links between Saddam and Islamist terrorist groups. They gleefully publicised every problem real or supposed in Iraq and ignored any positive developments. They did not hold Obama accountable when he opposed the surge that has now delivered victory over both Al-Qaeda and local insurgents. They did not give credit to the outgoing administration for these victories. They treated Obama like the Messiah and Bush like the Antichrist. They witch-hunted Palin, often stupidly — the one criticism of substance, inexperience in foreign affairs, also applied to Obama (or should have done). They measured environmental performance by whether the candidate would or would not sign some piece of paper called Kyoto — a policy rejection initiated not by Bush but by the Clinton-Gore team under Senate pressure which may well continue to apply to Obama. Bush's emission reduction scheme has worked better without Kyoto than the EU scheme with it — no hard questions to Obama on any of this from our environmentally aware media observers. Reporters repeatedly succumbed to Obama's undisputed [We'd dispute that word choice] skill with words and failed to note the vacuous content of so many of the words. Chris Matthews said Obama made him feel something running up his leg - a clear sign of messianic presence, brothers and sisters ... Yes, I am glad as a lifelong Martin Luther King fan to see a (part) black man in the White House. But King himself said to judge on individual merit, not race — advice the media forgot. Regardless of who you voted for (and I have no fixed affiliation in the American political system), the entire media performance was puerile, unprofessionalism incarnate, and deserves but probably will not get scathing scrutiny.
We've been scrutinizing their performance scathingly for decades, of course, way before the internet made the instant gratification of "sharing" our rants with the immediate world possible through blogging.
Power-napping between athletic forays, she catches a few rays in the early-morning light.
Let's give the final word to another insightful Phillips reader, Hugh Glass, who comments:
In two weeks, this Chicago political hack is already setting the stage for another 30 years of responsible conservative leadership. It took the peanut brain a couple years to foolishly expose the lunacy of tax and waste socialist cronyism. M T Suit has done it in a couple weeks. Jimmah 2.0!
We like the cut of your jib, sir.
I blame the purple prose.
Thank you so, dear Professor!
*Sheet home [from Merriam-Webster Online] "1: to extend (a sail) and set as flat as possible by hauling upon the sheets 2: to fix the responsibility for : bring home to one." Note: A sheet in this (nautical) context is "a rope or chain that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind."