Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The New York - D.C. axis media's one last push.

The talking points have gone out and in hopes of stemming the ass-kicking that will be administered next Tuesday, the last bullet remaining in the ruling classes clip is: you ungrateful slobs, can't you see what this wonderful man and Congress have done for you?

First up, David Ignatius of the WaPo:

Constant repetition of anti-government rhetoric in our political echo chamber has dulled Americans into overlooking an important and perhaps surprising fact: We have just lived through one of the more notable successes of government intervention in modern times -- the auto and bank rescues that almost surely saved the country from another Great Depression.

Ignatius admits he's friends with Steve Rattner, the Obama hack that recently stepped down as head of the Administration's auto task force. Ignatius conveniently whistles pass the graveyard in the column not wanting to address the more unseemly points of order in the bankruptcy cramdown and the fact that GM lied about how they were paying back their TARP loan.

But enough about Ignatius, how about our favorite NYT columnist, Frank Rich:

PRESIDENT Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending, or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard. And none of these good deeds, no matter how substantial, will go unpunished if the projected Democratic bloodbath materializes on Election Day. Some are even going unremembered. For Obama, the ultimate indignity is the Times/CBS News poll in September showing that only 8 percent of Americans know that he gave 95 percent of American taxpayers a tax cut.

Admit it, you're sensing a trend here, aren't you?

And here's Yahoo! News' Jane Sasseen:

Indeed, despite their professed desire for compromise, voters hardly have rewarded President Obama for attempting to achieve it.

Most likely, because the President didn't even try, Jane. Remember: "I won"?

And from MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel, we have: Where's the love? (via NewsBusters)

"Where is the celebration over what has been done and accomplished in the face of all this anger and vitriol in Washington?" complained co-host Mika Brzezinski. "No credit. No credit at all for what he's accomplished," lamented "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

Is there an original thought that is formulated in any of these peoples' heads anymore?

Even the foreigners get in on the lament of why we don't appreciate such a swell guy. From Der Spiegel:

Barack Obama is not a bad president. He is eloquent, sharp-witted, and has certainly not lost any of his talent since moving into the Oval Office. Members of his staff say he still listens to what people say. A senator who once lost an election to Obama says the president demands dissenting opinions and that he's reliable, funny and works best under pressure.

Nor is he a weak president. He has begun withdrawing American troops from Iraq. He has been able to strengthen his alliances. And he has tackled the global economic crisis with an $800 billion stimulus package and a reform of the financial markets. His education policies target performance and aim to improve the disastrously under-resourced public school system. Millions of Americans have been dreaming of healthcare reform for decades. Bill Clinton failed to get it passed. Barack Obama succeeded.

It is entirely beyond our understanding how these people cannot grasp the concept that the reason why the President's party is going to turn over control of the House and, in a less-likely scenario, possibly the Senate is that his policies stink and the manner in which they were put into effect, even more so.

Even so, we commend the New York - D.C. media axis on one of the most incredible displays of group-think we have ever witnessed. Well done, gang!


W.C. Varones said...

Constant repetition of pro-government rhetoric in our political echo chamber has dulled Americans into overlooking an important and perhaps surprising fact: We have just lived through one of the more epic failures of government intervention in modern times -- the financial crisis and economic collapse caused by government manipulation of interest rates, backstopping of giant overleveraged banks, and mortgage market manipulation.

drozz said...

"barack obama is not a bad president". he is worse than a bad president.

"he is eloquent, sharp witted, and certainly not lost any of his talent since moving into the oval office". unless, of course, he doesn't have his teleprompter. at that point plan 'b' will be to blame it on the other guy.

"members of his staff say he still listens to what people say". i call bullshit. especially in view of 0 making war decisions based on political perceptions.

"Nor is he a weak president". Unless you are china, iran, russia, north korea, etc.

"he has begun withdrawing american troops from iraq". the withdrawal that just happens to be Bush policy.

"he has been able to strengthen his alliances". except for the alliances of england, israel, as well as poland and czech republic.

"he has tackled the global economic crisis..." by throwing 800 billion dollars at special interest groups and pork programs that would make the deceased senator byrd blush. also, there is no indicaiton that his porkulus has done anything at all, outside of bloating the deficit.

"his education policies.." basically, his policy is to buy off the teachers' union.

"millions of americans have been dreaming of healthcare reform" ...and soon will be having nightmares for decades after. or rather, their children shall.

"bill clinton failed to get it passed. Barack Obama succeeded". It only took him a year and a half with overwhelming majorities in the house and the senate. a year and a half filled with lobbyists, backroom deals, kickbacks, the takeover of the eductional loan industry, etc.

der speigal sure knows how to shine a turd.

Road Dawg said...

Dear Drozz,
Thank you for smacking us all in the face with what Dean places in sarcastic wit. And it hurts a little more with shinier turd. But thanks anyway, as I was reading the post, I was considering every thought you un-spun.

Great post and follow-up!

Dean said...

Blog (more often), droz, blog!

W.C., well put.

'Dawg, concur.

steve said...

Meh. The party in power when the economy is bad loses. Poli Sci 101.


Dean said...

Steve, you speak the truth and it will be only more so as the horrendous economic policies and regulatory uncertainty provided by Team O has not allowed the economy to successfully rebound from the deficit.

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