At Politico, two now makes a trend

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Continuing its proud tradition of doubling as a GOP bulleting board, where every possible anti-Obama talking point is treated as breaking news (hello Drudge link!), Politico's John Harris cobbles together a breathless laundry list of all the awful things people (i.e. Republicans and Village pundits) are saying about Obama. Y'know, that he's an "over-exposed" "opportunistic" "patsy" with a low opinion of America.

But oh my, the evidence of the 'trends' is awfully thin and Harris doesn't even bother to maintain the traditional three's-a-trend newsroom rule. Take a look at this knock [emphasis added]:

Obama, a legislator and law professor, is fluent in describing the nuances of problems. But his intellectuality has contributed to a growing critique that decisions are detached from rock-bottom principles.

Both Maureen Dowd in The New York Times and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Post have likened him to Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

The Spock imagery has been especially strong during the extended review Obama has undertaken of Afghanistan policy.

So far this year, out of the tens of thousands of Obama mentions made in the mainstream press, Harris found exactly two examples of his pundit pals comparing Obama to Mr. Spock, therefore voilà! it's a disturbing trend for the White House that's "gaining momentum."

Folks, this is why they call it The Village.

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