It must be physically painful sometimes to be a NYT columnist: you have to apparently hold in so many things. Case in point: Chris Wallace asked Jeff Zeleny whether President Obama’s re-election campaign “stumbled out of the gate” (spoiler warning: YES, they did). Here is Zeleny’s response:
The Washington Free Beacon has the transcript, for your delectation. A taste:
JEFF ZELENY: I think we don’t—it’s too early to know if he’s stumbled out of the gate. The reality is the Obama campaign had always planned to use the two months of the summer, really—May, June, beginning of July—to define Mitt Romney, so that’s what we’re seeing now. We are not sure if it is successful or not. The rollout of Bain Capital was really nothing short of a disaster for them, and they have had a lot of time to do this. At least in the eastern sort of coastal region.
So… yes, Team Obama stumbled out of the gate. This is the time that Democratic operatives were expecting to start going after Romney, they had plenty of time to get their attacks against Romney ready… and when the Obama campaign actually launched those attacks they ended up having Democratic politicians from one of their primary electoral strongholds dive for cover, screaming. And that was just the Bain Capital attack: the previous attacks (“Romney hates women!” and “Romney is weird!”) had been similarly shot down with surprising speed. One wonders what the NYT would consider to be “stumbling out of the gate”… actually, no, one does not wonder.
No, and that’s not really supposed to be complimentary to the NYT, either.