After last night’s debate it looks pretty certain that we are going to have a President Obama. Of course, with three weeks to go we hesitate to make any predictions — after the last three weeks we barely feel equipped to guess what the world will look like by dinner time. However! Should something unexpected happen WaPo reporter Dana Milbank’s recent experience with the Secret Service might afford a glimpse of what the press could expect from a McCain presidency.
I have to say the Secret Service is in dangerous territory here. In cooperation with the Palin campaign, they’ve started preventing reporters from leaving the press section to interview people in the crowd. This is a serious violation of their duty — protecting the protectee — and gets into assisting with the political aspirations of the candidate. It also often makes it impossible for reporters to get into the crowd to question the people who say vulgar things. So they prevent reporters from getting near the people doing the shouting, then claim it’s unfounded because the reporters can’t get close enough to identify the person.