Lovers' quarrel? Sorry, I'm not buying it:
"The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.
"...[t]he press secretary [Gibbs] dismissed the 'professional left' in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, 'They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.'
"Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: 'They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."
BigFurHat is thinking what I'm thinking:
"I’m getting a weird feeling that Gibbs sent out an e-mail to the far left and said, 'listen, I’m going to throw all of you under the bus, but it’s all an act. This is just a ploy to fool everyone into thinking that Obama wasn’t/isn’t a professional leftist.'"
The headlines from the Left harken back to the golden days of Journolist:
- Nate Silver: "As Liberals Lose Hope, the White House is Losing Its Cool"
- Ezra Klein: "Somewhere, Mitch McConnell is smiling"
- Dave Weigel: "The Wrong Way to Hate the Left"
- Sam Youngman: "White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’"
- Tommy Christopher: "Robert Gibbs At War With ‘Professional Left’"
...beautiful, isn't it? Much like synchronized swimming...
But this is orchestrated fiction. There is no anger or hate. Obama and the loons on the far left aren't frenemies. Obama's right there in the tank for the far left. He’s just a bit more patient than some of his far-left brethren who desperately want a European socialist utopia sometime between now and yesterday.
Gibbs was successful in achieving exactly what he wanted to achieve with today's comments: to create an illusion of distance between Obama and the far left as the general elections draw nigh … and to begin an imaginary triangulation toward a center-left position. But there is no daylight between Obama and the far left and there never will be.
Look! They're already kissing and "making up!"
Okay, I was wrong. The betting wetting liberals are hurt. What can they do? Follow Jacobson's suggestion and stay home in November.
Okay, I was right: "Progressives should, of course, thank White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for the small favor of distinguishing the Obama administration from the left."
Now read this from Nice Deb: The Summer of Our Discontent