HillaryIs44 has a good post on the Obama-lovin’ media and how it covers for Obama’s campaign dirty tricks.

The post is in response to this statement by Ben Smith at Politico:

If the catchphrase weren’t already taken, you could call Barack Obama’s signature style of negative politics “leading  from behind.”

But as the president’s reelection team begins in earnest to attack Mitt Romney, Obama faces one of the most difficult tests of  his political career: to tear down Romney without getting a single smudge of  dirt on his own shirtfront — a trick he has performed deftly in previous  races.

HillaryIs44 examines media complicity as a more accurate explanation for how Obama gets away with a clean shirt and dirty tactics (emphasis in original):

A candidate for public office does not have to perform “deftly” when Big Media is in the bag and protects the slimy candidate. What Ben Smith has scrubbed from his analysis is the complicit protection of Barack Obama by Big Media.

Make no mistake, Ben Smith and Big Media writers know better. In his finest moment – a moment being the smallest measure of time – Smith in June of 2007 bothered to ask why Obama hired so many opposition researchers and leaked anonymous dirt against Bill and Hillary Clinton….

Ben Smith knows that the politics of personal destruction will once again be the Barack Obama strategy in 2012. The JournoListers are already in amazement mode as they watch Obama pour mud yet the crease on his pants remains sharp and the shirts stay bright white spotless.

It truly is amazing, for example, how Obama injected racial politics into the 2008 campaign, using it as a sword and a shield against Hillary and McCain, and yet emerged with a media reputation as a racial healer.

That media connivance was on full display this week, as Politico went after Herman Cain with a fury and obsession which undoubtedly has earned Jonathan Martin a prime spot on the AxelPlouffe oppo-research leak list.