Gerry Canavan

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Just Ridiculous

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Robert Gibbs has already inartfully walked back his Kinsley gaffe that left critics of the Obama administration “ought to be drug-tested,” but he ought to be drug-tested should probably resign / be fired anyway. He’s the press secretary; his whole freaking job is to stay on-message. Screwing up like this is not okay.

More importantly, this White House needs to remember who its friends are. By my count the Left has fallen into line every time it has been asked, often against its better judgment. It’s the Joe Liebermans and Ben Nelsons of the party who have repeatedly and gleefully betrayed the White House when it mattered, not the dirty hippies…

* Nate Silver: “I don’t know whether Gibbs was going “off-message” out of frustration, or whether the White House has become so jaded that they actually think this was a good strategy. Either way, it speaks to the need for some fresh blood and some fresh ideas in the White House. The famously unflappable Obama is losing his cool.”

* Glenn Greenwald: “The Democrats have been concerned about a lack of enthusiasm on the part of their base headed into the midterm elections. These sorts of rabid, caricatured, Fox-News-copying attacks on the Left will undoubtedly help generate more enthusiasm — more loud clapping — for the Democrats. I know I’m eager to go canvass and clap for Democrats after reading Gibbs’ noble, inspiring vision. If it were Gibbs’ goal to be as petulant and self-pitying as possible, what could he have done differently?”

* Chris Bowers: “Secondly, and more sadly, reaching out to the left by hating on it has a long, established tradition in Democratic politics. Many Democratic elected officials feel that reaching out to moderates and conservatives means bending over backward to show those voters that they share their views. However, many of those same elected officials consider left-wing outreach to be telling progressives to shut the fuck up and get in line. With outreach like that, it is probably no wonder that President Obama’s main problem with his approval rating right now is among self-identified liberals.”

* David Frum: “More proof of my longtime thesis, Repub pols fear the GOP base; Dem pols hate the Dem base.”

* John Cole: “Way to help the GOTV efforts, Gibbs. Asshole.”

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  1. I’ve been talking about Gibbs leaving for awhile now. Bush had four press secretaries; after November, Gibbs is gone, but I wish it had come sooner.


    August 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

  2. I don’t think he’s even especially good at the job. There have been a couple instances where he’s let himself become the story — not his job.


    August 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    • He’s just not a war-time consigliere.


      August 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      • I approve this message.


        August 11, 2010 at 5:25 am

  3. There is absolutely no justice in a world where Shirley Sherrod is immediately fired for saying something completely rational and appropriate, and Robert Gibbs keeps his job, despite saying this.


    August 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm

  4. This kind of thing is why I chose my commenting pseudonym.

    Christ, I Need A Drink

    August 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

  5. sam, I was thinking the exact same thing.


    August 11, 2010 at 5:25 am

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