Makes you wanna cry, doesn't it? Life is so unfair.
More pithy than Miller's story - of how Romney operatives dared to steal into Obama's campaign event and surreptitiously take unworshipful photos like the one up top - is this astute comment from one "Bob Wise."
An empty suit playing to empty seats. How appropriate.
Except for one thing:
In addition to Zeke Miller, Ben Smith has added Michael Hastings to his team of Scoop-Generating Newz Hacks for Obama over at BuzzFeed.
You may remember that Hastings was the "rat in an eagle's nest" who "changed history" when he ambushed four-star General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone Magazine. It's more obvious in retrospect than it was at the time that Hastings was doing Obama's bidding... whether he realized it or not.
Obama wanted an excuse to get rid of McChrystal, as they had been at odds for some time over the way "forward" in Afghanistan.
.... McChrystal has spent much of the past two weeks putting enormous pressure on the Obama administration to back his calls for as many as 40,000 additional troops. The general's classified assessment of the war was obtained last month by The Washington Post and has freed him to advocate for it publicly.
In his speech in London, hours before meeting with Obama, McChrystal warned that refusing to accede to the request for more troops would be unwise.
Asked whether a scaled-back U.S. effort in Afghanistan -- an option favored by Vice President Biden and some of Obama's top political advisers -- would work in practice, McChrystal said, "The short answer is: No."
"You have to navigate from where you are, not from where you wish to be," McChrystal said after the speech. "A strategy that does not leave Afghanistan in a stable position is probably a short-sighted strategy."
And then... what happened (from the same link, Oct. 2009).
A brief meeting between President Obama and his top general in Afghanistan on Friday offered the commander in chief an opportunity to question directly the dire assessment of the war effort there, officials said.
The previously unannounced meeting between Obama and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal took place aboard Air Force One after it landed in Copenhagen Friday morning. McChrystal, who had been in London for a speech, was whisked to Denmark at Obama's request, White House aides said.
The relationship between the two men is increasingly under scrutiny as Obama weighs whether to accept McChrystal's recommendations for a major increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan. National security officials say Obama will decide this month, after a series of top-level briefings that began last week.
Until Friday, Obama had talked with McChrystal only from a distance, and had met him only once.
For more background, you may want to see this Guardian piece about the "man who brought down Stanley McChrystal," as well as Yours Truly at the time: "Our Unbearable Anti-President and Chastiser-in Chief."