Cynthia Tucker writes that even bad press is good press for Sen. Obama. Negative media stories simply prove that Sen. Obama has crossed the threshold from novelty to serious candidate.
The best news for Barack Obama's presidential aspirations is a little recent negative press: Accounts of his dealings with a shady real estate developer - stories previously limited to Chicago newspapers and broadcast outlets - have begun seeping into national news reports. That means the junior senator from Illinois is no longer regarded merely as a fascinating sideshow, a black prodigy with an interesting background. He's being taken seriously as a possible presidential candidate.