Why can't they attack without racism?
Can anyone deny that the most trenchant and effective
criticism of Obama today comes not from the right
but from the left? Rachel Maddow’s grilling of
administration economic officials. Keith Olbermann’s hectoring
of Democratic leaders on the public option. Glenn
Greenwald’s criticisms of Elena Kagan. Ezra Klein and
Jonathan Cohn’s keepin’-them-honest perspectives
on health care. The civil libertarian left on detainees and Gitmo.
The Huffington Post on derivatives.
I want to find Republicans to take seriously,
but it is hard. Not because they don’t exist - serious Republicans
- but because, as others seem to recognize, they
are marginalized, even self-marginalizing, and the base itself seems
to have developed a notion that bromides are
equivalent to policy-thinking, and that therapy is a substitute for thinking.
It is absolutely a condition of the age of the
triumph of conservative personality politics, where entertainers shouting
slogans are taken seriously as political actors,
and where the incentive structures exist to stomp on dissent and nuance,
causing experimental voices to retrench and allowing
a lot of people to pretend that the world around them is not changing.
The obsession with ACORN, Climategate, death
panels, the militarization of rhetoric, Saul Alinsky, Chicago-style politics,
that Taxpayers will fund the bailout of banks
-- these aren't meaningful or interesting or even relevant things to focus
(The banks will fund their own bailouts.)"
Before the year is out, Obama is going to appeal
to The Left to get out and vote in November.
For the first time in his presindency, he's going
to remember that he needs to keep his base happy.
Getting elected took brains and guts - where are
those brains and guts now?
Why does he keep putting the wishes of the GOP
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