Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ask Tough Questions? Yes, They Can!

Dana Milbank wrote inWashington Post It took many months and the mockery of "Saturday Night Live" to make it happen, but the lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber Monday and greeted Barack Obama with a menacing growl. The day before primaries in Ohio and Texas that could effectively seal the Democratic presidential nomination for him, a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog.

It was not because Saturday Night Live made a mockery of them, or that they suddenly realized th questions needed to be asked, but because they feared Hillary would be pushed out, and then they would not have a campaign to cover. And the press loves a campaign. And just as it was a shock to Clinton that her coronation turned into a campaign, Obama is now seeing his coronation turned into a challenge as well, and he is equally unprepared for it.

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