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Spencer Ackermann previews "The Post-Gadhafi Journalism You Will Read In The Next 72 Hours."

Spencer Ackermann previews “The Post-Gadhafi Journalism You Will Read In The Next 72 Hours.”

It incorporates the conventional tropes and takes subtle swipes at everyone from Tom Friedman to Politico to Foreign Policy.

Despite being written with tongue firmly planted in cheek, we’ll almost certainly see two-thirds of these, including my favorite:

9. Gadhafi’s Death May Not Lead To Bump For Obama (Politico)


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  1. Hey Norm says:

    Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi…all gone in 6 months without a single American life lost in the process. As Sullivan points out…if Obama was a Republican they would already be chiseling his face on Mt. Rushmore.

  2. James Joyner says:

    @Hey Norm: Sully is prone to a bit of hyperbole.

  3. Hey Norm says:

    Yes…perhaps…but he’s on a roll today…“mission actually accomplished”
    And after posting a thread on managing America’s decline…I’m not sure OTB has room to criticize.

  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    I was going to suggest:
    Talking Points Memo – DEAD!!!

    Then I see they’ve already posted GADDAFI KILLED

    it’s the thought that counts.

  5. James Joyner says:

    @Hey Norm: I’m not a declinist but do think it’s an interesting argument. Our ability to kill — or, as in this case, act as an enabler for the killers — despots isn’t going to be a major factor in deciding whether we remain the world’s dominant actor. That’ll depend on a variety of things, most notably our economy.

  6. James Joyner says:

    @Hey Norm: Oh, the fake Politico headline is a spoof on the paper’s tendency to make everything an Up/Down story for 2012. I think the foreign policy successes, especially getting OBL, will help Obama on the margins. But the economy and the quality of his opponent will be 95 percent of it.

  7. Hey Norm says:

    No question THE issue is the economy.
    And there is a clear choice…you have a guy that pulled the economy back from the brink of disaster, rescued the banking industry at a profit, rescued the auto industry and all the jobs associated with it, presided over a stock market that has grown from around 8000 to around 11,000, increased private sector jobs almost every month (unfortunately offset by public sector job losses which for some reason Republicans see as advantageous.)…or a corporate raider that’s still preaching supply-side economics.
    Taking out OBL, along with a bunch of other al Qaida leaders, and Ghadaffi is just gravy.

  8. legion says:

    I don’t know who’ll say it, but I’m sure this is good news for John McCain.