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Why no bounce for Barack Obama?

The American political media cannot understand why president candidate Barack Obama’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem Tel Aviv and elsewhere has not pushed him further to the fore in the heart’s of America’s voters. The TIME glossy infotainment magazine’s blog Swampland offers us this gem:

Lots of speculation on the web, and in whispering circles, about why Obama’s foreign trip–a slam-dunk success substantively and in photo-op terms (Obama laughing with Petraeus in the helicopter was the best)–hasn’t resulted in a polling bump. The emerging conventional wisdom seems to be that the trip is a bit too grand, too…presumptuous and voters are wary of that. (And presumption, of course, always comes with the subterranean tinge of racism.) Maybe so.

Okay. According to the media, we either see through Barry’s stage show, contemptuous as it is of our eyes, ears, and minds, or we’re racist punks who cannot bear to see a black man triumph in the manner Obama has. No, no, no to the latter excuse. Even the New York Times saw through Clinton (Bill) playing with rocks on the beach at Normandy in 1994, and Obama’s act seems much more obviously a fraud.

Joe Klein, the blogger of the piece, has his own little theory:

People may be thinking, what on earth is Obama doing over there when we have so many problems back home? Why isn’t he talking about the economy? No doubt, the Obama staff figured they needed this week abroad to establish the image of Obama as a potential Commander-in-Chief…and, no doubt, he will turn to the economy–a Democratic strength, according to the polls–when he gets home. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama is paying a price for vamping about overseas while banks are cratering, gas prices soar and people are getting really, really nervous about their futures.

He thinks Americans want Barry here in the States, front-and-center, blaming Bush because we’re all going to die and alien beings will invade Earth any day now.Maybe so, Joe. In your little dream world, where everyone sees the obvious: that Obama has arrived to save the world from the evils of Bush and to remove the last vestiges of Reaganism.

The first responder (First Responder) to Joe’s post relates that his (her?) theory is: “Normal people who don’t pay attention to everything that happens in politics have better things to do.” Maybe the media fawning over Obama rolls off these people like spit off a greased duck. (Never mind.)

Half of Americans surveyed by Rasmussen believe that people like Klein are trying to convince voters to support Obama. If these Americans can detect that the media is engaged in fakery for Obama, surely they can see through Barry’s stage show.

So the media couldn’t pass off this nonsense as something substantive, or even important enough to be more than a blip on the public radar screen; how does this bode for their upcoming effort to push this flawed candidacy down Pennsylvania Avenue to street number 1600?