Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Powerful Lefty Tower of Babble Crumbles
I am no fan of Maureen Dowd and throughout the Bush years I felt she was the embodiment of that catty girl we all know. The one that is always accusing everyone else of exhibiting her worst traits...
But the other day she wrote a piece called No Love From the Lefties that may have gotten dismissed as just another rant on Robert Gibbs. It's not. It's not even a 'professional left' diatribe against Obama. It's an insider report card on the state of the Democratic party (knowingly or unwittingly I'm not sure...)
The first thing that struck me was the ease in which she refers to Obama as a 'liberal.' Remember during the campaign when we called him that and we were just fear mongering?
Then there's this observation:
"Republicans often find a way to exploit their extremes for political advantage, while Democratic extremes typically do damage to a Democratic president."
What should this tell her? I realize she's in a NYC group think bubble, but isn't it obvious that this could only 'work' if the majority of the American people were behind the ideas/fears the Republicans are espousing and opposed to the extremes of the Left?
"There are deep schisms within the Democratic Party that were masked for a time, first by Bush and then by Obama’s election. Now that the Democrats have the presidency and the power and can enact legislation, it’s apparent that the word progressive is kind of meaningless."
Dowd uses the Tower of Babel analogy to describe the current state of the Democratic Party and I think that was incredible apropos (...though a BIBLICAL analogy from the Gray Lady's elite? What is the world coming to?)
"W.’s reign of error so enraged Democrats that they were bound by one desire: to get rid of him. Bush, Cheney and Rove inspired the Democrats to spawn a powerful lefty tower of babble led by Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore and the blogosphere."
Okay, so unfortunately we have to admit that content aside, she's a great writer...
"Obama got elected because of the clarity of his campaign and his speeches. But, surprisingly, he’s in some ways an incoherent president. He’s with the banks, he’s against the banks. He’s leaving Afghanistan, he’s staying in Afghanistan. He strains at being a populist, but his head is in the clouds."
Ouch. Maureen Dowd is calling you John Kerry in the NYT and that's gotta hurt. And, it's not an isolated incident. CNN has a piece today calling Obama's message "incoherent."
People, unless all of you sit out in 2012 because you don't like the GOP candidate (still haven't forgiven those of you that did it in '08) --the only way we can lose this is if Obama drops Biden and makes Hillary the Veep... Onward to 2012 (and NO MITT ROMNEY!)