Politico: Obama Campaign Secretive

In a piece blaming McCain for the press’s persistent criticism on him, Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris point to the unknown qualities of Obama’s campaign:

It is not our impression that many reporters are rooting for Obama personally. To the contrary, most colleagues on the trail we’ve spoken with seem to find him a distant and undefined figure. But he has benefited from the idea that negative attacks that in a normal campaign would be commonplace in this year would carry an out-of-bounds racial subtext. That’s why Obama’s long association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was basically a nonissue in the general election.

Journalists’ hair-trigger racial sensitivity may have been misplaced, but it was not driven by an ideological tilt.

In addition, Obama has benefited from his ability to minimize internal drama and maximize secrecy — and thus to starve feed the press’ bias for palace intrigue. In this sense, his campaign bears resemblance to the two run by George W. Bush.

“Maximize serecy,” a “distant and undefined figure”…..Those are phrases that make me want to give someone unchecked power!  Maybe the press should spend a little less time contacting the Facebook friends of John McCain’s daughter to try to find out what kind of mother Cindy McCain is, if they find Obama so “undefined” and his campaign so secretive…

The media also knows what happens if you ask any tougher questions about the avatar of Hope and Change.  Imagine how open everything will be when stations need the footsoldiers of President Obama to approve their broadcast licenses every two years.

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