Ed Driscoll

Red Queen's Race

(AP Photo/Molly Riley)

 “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

— Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.

Hugh Hewitt asks, “Which Is Melting Faster: America’s Position in Middle East or MSM’s Position in America?”

If an American consulate had been attacked and four Americans including the ambassador slaughtered on George W. Bush’s watch –on 9/11, no less– the outrage broadcast over the nation’s elite media would have been intense and round-the-clock.

Had George W. Bush then responded to those events by jetting to Vegas for a fundraiser and campaign rally marked by a rote and emotion-less nod towards the victims and a callous transition to the difficulty of campaign life for political volunteers, well, the hysteria that would have followed would have melted wires.

Because Barack Obama is the MSM’s favorite president ever; however, when these events followed that outrageous attack on Wednesday, the Manhattan-Beltway media did not even pause from their unremitting attack on…Mitt Romney, of course.

When the President compounded the day’s fiasco by announcing to a stunned foreign policy elite via Telemundo that Egypt was not an “ally,” much of the MSM didn’t even bother to note the pratfall, nor the fact that it was juxtaposed with the President’s chest thumping dismissal of Mitt Romney as as “shoot-first, aim later” candidate.

It was as though Jimmy Carter had campaigned on his hostage release negotiation skills in 1980, or Bill Clinton on a chastity platform in the mid-terms of 1998.

Speaking of our titular subject,”Get Ready for Obama’s Great Recession,” Jonathin Tobin writes at Commentary

But a steady diet of more spending, debt and cheap money has set the stage for a transition from a weak recovery to another collapse. Indeed, the bad employment numbers show that the recovery never reached some sectors of the economy or the army of unemployed Americans. That means that for many Americans the downturn we may have to face next year will feel more like the tail end of a double dip recession than a fresh downturn.

President Obama is hoping Bernanke’s latest stunt will give him the boost he needs to stay ahead of Mitt Romney in the final weeks of the campaign. But the long-term impact of the Fed chairman’s QE3 may merely pave the path for a poor economy that will make a second term a misery for both Obama and the American people.

What could go wrong?

And finally, a Red Queen’s Race of a different sort — get a load of the headline currently on Drudge: “DEMS USE COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA MACHINE TO ATTACK ROMNEY…” And for once, he doesn’t mean a network owned by GE or Time-Warner. (I keed, I keeeed!)

Update: Roger L. Simon on “Soul Brothers: The Arab Street and The Mainstream Media.”   Or to put it another way, “But Glenn Beck Is The Crazy One.”