Robert Gibbs shows White House’s true colors: GOP Red
Evidently expecting liberals to unstintingly love Obama, just like the right wing never said a peep against George W. Bush — similar conduct should elicit similar response, mutatis mutandis, right? — White House press secretary flipped out against liberals during an interview with The Hill. “[S]immering with anger” is how Sam Youngman describes the White House’s feelings towards liberals, based on his interview with the humorless, self-satisfied, and somewhat dimwitted Gibbs.
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
Given how “protection” of civil liberties has gone in this administration, random mandatory drug testing would not be a surprising policy.
The professional spin master called the activists “the professional left” in derisive terms that only a well disciplined corporate toady could mouth against organizations that contributed more to getting his boss elected and thereby getting him his cushy job than his own contributions warranted. Organizations that advocate for and represent the poor and working classes. But the toady is more comfortable with representatives of Goldman, Sachs. Look at his career. He was spokesman for Fritz Hollings! A man who wouldn’t even support Obama after he was the party’s nominee. Gibbs’ “virtue” apparently is that it doesn’t matter what his boss stands for, as long as he gets paid.
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.”
This from the spokesman of the man who supported every conservative against state Democratic parties including Connecticut’s who rejected Joe Lieberman, the President’s new pal. If Dennis Kucinich were president, it wouldn’t be because Gibbs didn’t vote against him.
Says Gibbs: “‘They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.'”
Well, it can’t even get close to reality when the President fails to support even a watered-down public option (which he campaigned on) and appoints a Republican Secretary of Defense.
If this President were truly in the mode of Lincoln, as he undoubtedly thinks he is, he should be happy that his party thinks he is ineffectual. That’s what much of the GOP felt about Lincoln. But Lincoln, instead of having his press secretary whine about it, actually accomplished things that the public felt strongly about. Perhaps Gibbs should recommend this approach, rather than give interviews. Nothing he has done has helped his boss’s approval rating.
Here’s the real problem: The “moderates” who run this administration really believe in policy-making as the “median” between two “extremes.” There really isn’t a philosophical explanation for this, and as we’ve seen as a political policy it has only caused the President’s initial high approval to tank. Perhaps their thinking comes from a misreading of the Bible. After all Solomon was considered a very wise man. Contrary to what the people at the White House think, however, he did not actually split the baby. That was merely a threat in order to find the correct choice. This White House would have cut the baby in half and then whined that the real mother was upset about getting half her baby back. “She won’t be happy until we give her the other bloody mass,” Gibbs would complain.