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“You remember January. That’s when Obama trounced Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses, and more or less every commentator on the planet pronounced the Democratic primary a done deal. After Iowa, polls showed Obama in the lead in New Hampshire. And when Obama won New Hampshire, we were told, the primary would be over. Except the primary wasn’t over. It wasn’t over at all. Clinton won New Hampshire, and the primary lasted until early June. Clinton won every big state except Obama’s home state of Illinois. She positively trounced Obama in states like Pennsylvania and Kentucky and West Virginia. She won Ohio by nine percentage points.

Obama won the nomination in the end, of course. And now he is leading John McCain in the polls. And now, once again, the media have decided that the race is over. Newsweek‘s cover asks how “President Obama” will be able to govern our center-right nation, even though Election Day isn’t for two weeks. Politico‘s Mike Allen wonders how the networks will cope if it becomes clear Obama is the winner “before most Americans have finished dinner.” The Obama campaign has so much money that it’s buying advertising space in–I’m not sure how this works either–video games.

If you watched Meet the Press on Sunday, you came away feeling as though Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama was more important than the actual election. Andrea Mitchell said Powell would make a huge difference in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, “even South Carolina.” The editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, was talking about Powell in such reverent tones that for a second I thought it was Douglas MacArthur who had somehow risen from the dead and endorsed Obama. NBC’s political director, Chuck Todd, observed that the electoral map is shifting in Obama’s favor, including in places like West Virginia, where, and this is not an exaggeration, McCain’s lead is only in the high single digits. A Republican wag told Politico after the show that the Powell endorsement was “the nail in the coffin.””

Mathew Continetti, The Weekly Standard

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