In, And Obama Wept, ABC Correspondent Jake Tapper discusses the cult of Obama and how its gotten out of hand. "It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat."

I was personally amazed at some of the statements by media folks who act as if they've fallen in love for the first time. MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who said he wept after Obama's Iowa victory speech, says, “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament."

Tapper goes on to discuss the feelings expressed by other news personalities and popular bloggers who agree their cohorts need to get a grip. One says, "Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of 'coming to Obama' in the same way born-again Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus.'...So I say, we should all get a grip, stop all this unseemly mooning over Barack, see him and the political landscape he is a part of in a cooler, clearer, and more realistic light, and get to work."

Could this end up creating a backlash movement? I'm the kind of person who generally becomes skeptical of something that so many just jump unquestionably on board with, but I still like him. And wasn't just a few weeks ago people were complaining about a media bias for Clinton?
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