Sean King

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

You're Not Likely to Find Such Honesty in the US Press

At least not on the subject of Obama:

The Democratic presidential candidate's slump in the polls has sparked pointed private criticism that he is squandering a once-in-a-generation chance to win back the White House.
Party elders also believe the Obama camp is in denial about warnings from Democratic pollsters that his true standing is four to six points lower than that in published polls because of hidden racism from voters - something that would put him a long way behind Mr McCain.
A senior Democratic strategist, who has played a prominent role in two presidential campaigns, told The Sunday Telegraph: "These guys are on the verge of blowing the greatest gimme in the history of American politics. They're the most arrogant bunch Ive ever seen. They won't accept that they are losing and they won't listen."

The above is from the UK Telegraph. Read the whole thing here.

On the subject of "hidden racism", I would point out that the Bradley Effect results from paranoia over being labeled a racist, not necessarily from racism itself.

UPDATE> Here's another example of the foreign press' candidness on the subject of Obama, a candidness that is sorely lacking in the US mainstream media:

Here's the real problem with Mr Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance. There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man's stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record.

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