Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Obama's Imaginary Frenemies

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.

Update I:

Look! They're already kissing and "making up!"

Update II:

Okay, I was wrong. The betting wetting liberals are hurt. What can they do? Follow Jacobson's suggestion and stay home in November.

Update III:

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


I Speak My Mind Out said...

When are people going to open their eyes and get off the President Barack Obama train they’re on. He is still blaming President George W. Bush for anything and everything he gets called on. (His followers do the same.) When does he have to start accepting responsibility? It has been a year and a half.

Why is it anytime you disagree with him or his actions, you’re called a racist. Racist? Just because you disagree with the guy? I thought race relations would be better. He ought to be ashamed. This is a huge step backward.

What kind of president goes on a world tour to apologize for the country that elected him? America got to where it’s at by being a God-fearing country, helping other countries and helping to stomp out communism. Yes, sometimes America had to be a little harsh to get things done. This man is more upset about Israel building apartments on their God-given land then he is about nuclear arms that enemy countries possess. It took him eight days to get to the oil spill, two days to even make a comment about the attempted bombing in New York. If that was Bush, the media would have gone crazy and into a frenzy polling people and everything else.
Last of all, for eight years all we heard was how Bush stole the president’s office. (I think Obama’s citizenship is still in question.) The news, talk shows, Democrats and liberal Republicans trashed our commander-in-chief daily, to the point of making up lies (remember Dan Rather?) and now we are told to play nice and how out of line we are to say anything about a man even some of those who voted for are now seeing the lies and regretting their vote. I can’t wait until November

Fenway_Nation said...

Oh jay-zusss....David freakin' Wiegel giving out pointers on 'properly' hating the left now?

After hearing about his pathetic obfuscation of Congressman Etheridge 'embracing' the cameramen, I wouldn't trust that tool to give out advice on how to properly secure velcro sneakers to one's feet.