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Monday October 20 2008

Instapundit offers an interesting angle on why the mainstream media have been so very biased during this latest US election in particular.  Asset stripping:

I think they also feel that as the big media lose viewers and circulation, this may be their last chance to swing an election, and so there’s no point saving their credibility for future engagements.

To hell with the future of the business, because it has no future.  Only this time, instead of just pocketing some money by selling an asset, they are using an asset up to achieve something else.  Interesting idea.

Personally, I think that the power of the big bad media to swing elections is always rather exaggerated.  The assumption often is that the voters follow the media, but really it’s the other way around.  And anyway, if the media are against you, tough.  Deal with it.  Other sections of society are with you, and biased against the other fellow.  Same here in the UK.  Politics means, as the golfers say, playing the ball where it lies.

As for the Palin thing, which I wrote about here earlier, I think all this financial turmoil has turned this election away from the question: Who do we like?  And instead it’s now about: Who are we punishing for all this shit?  And: What do we do now?  And: Who looks cooler in a crisis, now that we have a crisis?

Palin is not so much a good choice that has gone bad, as beside the point.  Personally, I don’t think she has gone bad.  I stick with my opinion that she is no worse than the other three, and I don’t think she has harmed McCain at all.  It’s more that she is now rather irrelevant, and her continuing likeability no longer counts for so much.  Biden, on the other hand, looks like death warmed up.  Regular, old, untransformed politics at its dullest,most off-putting and most uncharismatic.  And that doesn’t matter either.

If McCain now wins, or if McCain merely loses more narrowly than is now being assumed, will it then be said that this was because of the power of the big bad blogosphere?

Further thought: I find that I have the same feeling about Obama as I had about Boris Johnson for Mayor of London.  Curiosity.  It will just be very interesting to see how an Obama presidency plays out.  My guess is: business pretty much completely as usual, but enough little stuff to enrage the right, and somewhat disappoint the left.