Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The left's worst enemy (as usual): the more left than thou

Liberals still steamed at Robert Gibbs Everyone seems to have a problem with the "left". The right, most certainly, where being of the left of anyone is tea for the Mad Hatter.

But there is no fury like the fury of the left of whatever against those what be right of that. And so it is that,

Liberals still steamed at Robert Gibbs
The Obama administration’s attempts to blunt press secretary Robert Gibbs’s frustrations about the “professional left” in a newspaper interview published Tuesday haven’t changed much. Gibbs’s backtracking — he said he spoke “inartfully” to The Hill — and deputy press secretary Bill Burton’s assertion that his boss “answered honestly” when he derided liberal critics, seemed only to make matters worse.

In an interview with The Hill’s Sam Youngman, Gibbs lashed out at liberal critics who have relentlessly pilloried Obama for what they view as bad compromises and broken promises, including the lack of a single-payer system in the sweeping health care overhaul, his failure to close Guantanamo Bay within a year and his addition of 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan. Gibbs said the left isn’t giving the president his due for preventing a national economic collapse, tightening Wall Street rules and changing the health care system — accomplishments made despite lockstep Republican opposition.

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug-tested,” Gibbs told The Hill. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

But the White House has work to do if it wants to mend fences with an influential constituency.

Michael Tomasky, a moderate voice among progressive columnists, said that though progressives have been harshly critical of the White House strategy in the past — for example, during the health care debate — “this isn’t one of those times.”

“That’s what makes me really curious about what made him unload like this,” Tomasky said. “People don’t expect everything to get done, but they can expect to be treated with rhetorical respect.”

“The president specifically asked us to push him and make him better,” said Levana Layendecker, Democracy for America’s communications director. “And we’re going to keep doing our jobs.”

Pushy. Yep, that's what Guambat reckons. That and blinkered, myopic, Darwinian-challenged, pea-brained, and principled to the vanishing point. A black hole that consumes itself and all in its orbit. They really just don't understand -- or like -- humans and their charming compromising nature.

As if pushing him alone will make him better. "Push" and "make better" are two separate things too subtle for shrill to distinguish or discriminate.

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