Democrats were overwhelmingly defeated in last Tuesday's state elections, and nary a word was heard from the Obama-friendly media. It was only a few years ago that if a Democrat beat a Republican for dog catcher in a small town, it would lead the nightly news and the cable channels would be having round table panels about how this was a bellwether for the trouble the Bush presidency was in. Yet nary a story was said about how Republicans gained control of two-thirds of the House of Delegates (the largest in history for the GOP) and gained a majority in the Senate. Instead the news focused on the Ohio vote, where unions spent $24 million to defeat a measure limiting collective bargaining for state workers, and how this was a great victory for the Dems and unions. What the media also glossed over was that Ohio voters also soundly rejected mandates to force people to purchase health insurance - a clear rejection of Obama's healthcare plan - by a 2-1 margin.
The message is clear. Anything that may be favorable to Obama will be trumpeted and repeated through several news cycles, while those that are favorable to the GOP, or which aren't favorable the chosen one, will be either completely ignored, pooh-poohed as inconsequential, or deemed not newsworthy.
This will continue to be the media template, up to and through the 2012 elections, for any GOP candidate up and down the ticket, federal or state office.
Obama's Virginia Defeat
Democrats were trounced in Tuesday's state legislature election, despite the president's heavy investment of time in the state
Of all the noise of this week's state election results, what mattered most for Election 2012 came out of Virginia. It was the sound of the air leaking out of the Plouffe plan.
That would be David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and current senior strategist, who is focused today on how to cobble together 270 electoral votes for re-election. That's proving tough, what with the economy hurting Mr. Obama in states like Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania that he won in 2008. The White House's response has been to pin its hopes on a more roundabout path to electoral victory, one based on the Southern and Western states Mr. Obama also claimed in 2008.