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In his post about health insurance executives’ fear of talking on the record about the Obamacare computer problems, Prof. Jacobson offered this quote from the NY Times article:

These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.’ ”

It’s awful, all right, and not just in the way they mean. The level of fear this administration has engendered is—yes, I’ll use the word—unprecedented, at least in this country.

And it’s getting harder to tell what part of the current sycophancy of the MSM is ideological mind-melding and what part is fear, considering the way those in the media who dare to lob anything but softballs at Obama have been treated.

Nixon had an enemies list, but how many people were truly afraid of him? And the people who were afraid of him actually were his enemies. With Obama, it seems that quite a few of the people who are afraid of him are his admirers and supporters, fellow-liberals and Democrats in the press and elsewhere. They’re afraid to tell the truth, afraid they’ll be punished for not sucking up fast enough and furiously enough.

But hey, that’s the way Obama got his start in politics.

Remember the Alice Palmer incident?

In Obama’s very first political campaign he managed to get all his Democratic primary opponents (mostly black, I might add, and including his mentor Alice Palmer) knocked off the ballot on technicalities, making him the only choice left standing. His reputation preceded him to the Illinois Senate as a man to be feared and thus “respected” by fellow-Democrats.

Later, when the party became the majority, new Illinois Senate President Emil Jones cleared the way for Obama to take credit for the legislative work of others, and to ride the crest of those “achievements” all the way to the US Senate, and ultimately the US presidency.

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]