With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
Not the impression we get from the BBC.
Matt Frei described the book Game Change, which Halperin co-authored, as “the definitive account of the 2008 election campaign” (Americana, BBC R4, 26 Sept 2010). It’ll be interesting to see if any BBC correspondents acknowledge these latest revelations about insider attitudes towards Obama’s failing administration.
(Frei will have to catch up on the article later – he’s joined the ever-growing army of BBC hacks in Chile. Another “I was there” moment he simply had to have for his memoirs.)