When it comes to talk of President Obama, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas couldnâ€™t find his way out of a hyperbole bag with a map of moderation. He is completely, indisputably â€œin the bagâ€ for Obama.
“I mean in a way Obamaâ€™s standing above the country, above â€“ above the world, heâ€™s sort of God.”
— Newsweekâ€™s Evan Thomas on Obamaâ€™s speech at Cairo University in June 2009
The only correlation that can be made between God and Obama comes down to blind faith. Belief in Obama is equally based on an emotional need rather than tangible evidence, which is what makes his devoted following a cult-like exercise in idolatry.
We could expect no less from the grandson of Norman Thomas, a card-carrying American socialist nominated six times as the presidential candidate for the Socialist Party.Â Evan Thomas embraces every hypocrisy of the left, foremost of these being his exultation and adulation of a president who would remake America into a society based on the socialist principle of wealth distribution, while Thomas himself enjoys the comforts of a life of privilege that began in his youth with his elite private school education.
So when Thomas, and other proud partisan writers at Newsweek, recently took on the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin, liberal bias was too be expected â€“ and boy did they ever deliver, starting right on the magazineâ€™s cover, which claims of Palin:
â€œSheâ€™s [Palinâ€™s] Bad News for the GOP â€“ and for Everybody Else, Too.â€
— Newsweek cover, Nov. 23
The Root of Liberal Mediaâ€™s Fear
Though his article, led by a half-page photo of Sarah Palin, begins with two paragraphs devoted to boxing Palin into the corner of â€œin-your-faceâ€ conservatism, Thomas quickly transitions into a lesson on political compromise. The result yielded by his efforts is little more than a lesson in partisan semantics: Republicans should be willing to compromise for the good of the people. Democrats should not be expected to settle for anything less than what they demand in order to placate the opposition.
What Thomas, and many others in the left-leaning media, fears is a candidate who cannot be bullied into submission by derisive editorials and television commentary. Sarah Palin challenged their ideals and their intellect with tough questions and unwavering principles, and stood intractable to their criticism.
In Obama, they find a malleable politician who is highly susceptible to the media messages that drive public sentiment, making him an appealing candidate. Thomas has done much to build the Obama Cult of Personality to towering heights, blindly touting his leader as an undefeatable force and minimizing Palin as a â€œright-wing populistâ€ who cannot possibly win the Oval Office, â€œno matter how good she looks in a skirt.â€
â€œHe [Obama] cannot help but relish the prospectâ€¦ that the Republicans will nominate Palin to oppose his reelection in 2012,â€ Thomas wrote. â€œA student of history, Obama could be thinking of his predecessor in presidential coolness, John F. Kennedy.â€
At times, Thomasâ€™ words are eerily reminiscent of those spoken by Vice President Joe Biden during his recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
â€œGoverning effectively requires a â€˜big tentâ€™ approach to politics.â€
â€œThe good news about a big tent is a lot of people can get under it,” explains Vice President Joe Biden.Â “The bad news is, the bigger theÂ family, the harder [it is] to get agreement.â€
â€œModerate Republicansâ€”they are not yet extinct, though most are in hidingâ€¦â€
â€œThe Republican Party has nothing but hard-core conservatives. Thereâ€™s no moderates left.â€
Â Between his frequent recitations of Bidenisms and regular devotionals to Obama, Thomasâ€™ words carry little weight as credible political commentary, having devolved over time into myopic worship of a man created by media mouthpieces like Thomas.
â€œHe [Obama] is the great teacher. He is this guy that stands above everybody. There’s some condescension in it. But, he stands above everybody and says, ‘Now, listen. You people have to stop blaming each other unreasonably. You have to get along here and I am going to show you the way.’ It is a pretty brave role in many ways.â€