Obama Love Affair Over for Liberal Pundits
One-time cheerleaders' support is 'wobbly'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 31, 2009 12:50 PM CDT
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman speaks during a press conference at the World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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(Newser) – During the campaign, lefty pundits offered Barack Obama some of “the most favorable coverage that any White House contender has drawn in a generation.” Now, those same commentators’ support for the president is looking “wobbly,” writes Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post. “I find myself saying, 'Where's that well-oiled Obama machine we saw last year?'” says Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page. “Maybe he's being a little too cool at this point.”

“Mr. Obama was never going to get everything his supporters wanted. But there's a point at which realism shades over into weakness,” noted Paul Krugman in the New York Times. “Is Obama Punking Us?” asked his colleague Frank Rich. Ultimately, “In today's hyperpartisan atmosphere, liberal pundits are likely to remain in Obama's corner,” Kurtz notes. “But for those who once felt a thrill up their leg, the sensation may be wearing off.”