Andrew Sullivan, Obama cheerleader, laments the President's poor debate performance in a column titled: Did Obama Just Throw the Entire Election Away?
At the end of the column, he pens the two final paragraphs:
I've never seen a candidate self-destruct for no external reason this late in a campaign before. Gore was better in his first debate - and he threw a solid lead into the trash that night. Even Bush was better in 2004 than Obama last week. Even Reagan's meandering mess in 1984 was better - and he had approaching Alzheimer's to blame.
I'm trying to see a silver lining. But when a president self-immolates on live TV, and his opponent shines with lies and smiles, and a record number of people watch, it's hard to see how a president and his party recover. I'm not giving up. If the lies and propaganda of the last four years work even after Obama had managed to fight back solidly against them to get a clear and solid lead in critical states, then reality-based government is over in this country again. We're back to Bush-Cheney, but more extreme. We have to find a way to avoid that. Much, much more than Obama's vanity is at stake.
Sullivan has absolutely lost it. It's apparent he awoke from a long slumber from back in late 2008, received some crib notes from The Daily Kos and wrote what you juest read.
Contrary to Sullivan's addled vantage point, we see an administration that threw into warp drive the Bailout Nation started under Bush-Cheney. And, in case you were wondering, this is not a positive trend. We see an administration that has doubled down on Bush-era signing statements and executive orders, something Obama decried as a candidate but as his “We can’t wait!” campaign demonstrated, exhibited scant respect for the separation of powers of a constitutional republic.
We see an administration that saw water-boarding and raised indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. We go from firing politically-appointed U.S. attorneys to the head of the Department of Justice claiming executive privilege for a gun-running scheme, Fast and Furious, he claims to know nothing about yet of which he still managed to mislead Congress.
And where Bush was accused of corporatism in his economic policies, this administration has raised the bar, nakedly pursuing a broken Keynesian justicialism highlighted by a corrupt Department of Energy green loan program that has served to line the pockets of its supporters running those favored companies while serving pink slips to its employees.
This is Sullivan's idea of a reality-based government.
But assuming we have left the stage of reality-based journalism in this country perhaps Sullivan can be forgiven this obvious display of insanity and unhinged bias.