From this morning’s NYT op-ed page, the loser of the 2008 Presidential Election has penned an op-ed, with this caption;
Obama Has Made America Look Weak
Did the liberal New York Times give Gore a forum, when Bush was rushing the country to war based on false pretenses? If it did, I don’t remember it. I am sure American prestige was greatly enhanced when the said op-ed contributor chose a woman, who can’t string together a coherent sentence, as his running mate. A woman who has been spewing poisonous bile into the body politic, ever since her debut on the national stage.
Media Watch Cat is not happy, at all.
Nicholas Kristof’s latest column on Ukraine would be a strong contender, for such an award. In a column that is supposed to be critical of GOP’s unabashed Putin love, Nicholas Kristof spends one third of the column dissing the Obama administration.
Look, it’s true that Obama’s foreign policy has often been disappointing. Tripling the number of American troops in Afghanistan was a mistake. So was rejecting the advice of Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus to arm the moderate Syrian opposition. The Obama pivot to Asia has stalled, serious engagement with Pakistan ended with the death of Richard Holbrooke, and Obama has appointed some appallingly uninformed campaign donors to be ambassadors.
In one paragraph he slams Obama for being too hawkish and not being hawkish enough. Brilliant suggestion there by Villager Kristof, since arming the Afghan rebels in the late 70s and early 80s turned out so well. Better stick to writing about brothels, Nick. As for the ambassador appointments, even if we take GOP stooge Jonathan Karl’s story at face value, Kristof is blaming Obama for playing the game by the Citizen’s United rules. Isn’t it curious how the so-called liberal pundits of the main stream media want the Democrats to fight with one hand behind their back. Besides, what do all these criticisms have to do with the bizarre GOP behavior about Putin, is something I fail to understand.
With apologies to Johnny Cash I present the man of the hour, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.
Caption by schroedinger’s cat aka two_kittehs, Photocredits: AP
Republicans and their lackeys in the media, aka centrist pundits are singing a dirge for the death of bipartisanship.
Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post,
Dana Milbank, also of the Washington Post;
Did they not notice that bipartisanship died the day Obama was first elected as the President. I guess they were also asleep when the Senate Republicans despite being a minority, filibustered nominee after nominee for no other reason than because they were nominated by Obama. This includes both executive branch appointments as well as judicial appointments. The Beltway Pundits do seem to have a peculiar definition of bipartisanship. To them it seems to mean that, Democrats give in to all the Republican demands, even when the Republicans are in a minority. They remind me of traditionalists who urge the wife to go back to her abusive husband and not file for divorce, even if he is beating the crap out of her.
I agree with Emily Bazelon’s take.
Michael Shear of the liberal New York Times is at again, peddling false equivalence, comparing the troubles with healthcare.gov to Bush’s Katrina response. I thought the BP oil spill was Obama’s Katrina or was it Watergate, I forget. Here is the actual headline,
Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush’s Hurricane Response
Not a word about the actions of GOP held Congress gutting the health care law or those of GOP governors who refused to set up their own exchanges. Were the Democrats actively sabotaging FEMA, when Katrina hit New Orleans? Tell me again, how many people died because people got the blue screen of death while enrolling? Or which major American city is under water?
I expect better from you, NYT, please don’t become another Fox-Lite CNN.
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Does NYT choose op-ed contributors to make their in-house punditubbies look good? Exhibit A, Lori Gottlieb’s whiny and clueless rant about Obamacare. She has a sad because her anti-ACA Facebook post got just one like. She is upset that her Facebook friends did not applaud her brave act of complaining about Obamacare’s supposed deficiencies. Joining a chorus funded by billionaires and an entire political party, how could her friends not applaud this singular act of bravery?
“Obamacare or Kafkacare?” I posted on Facebook as soon as I hung up with Anthem. I vented about the call and wrote that the president should be protecting the middle class, not making our lives substantially harder. For extra sympathy, I may have thrown in the fact that I’m a single mom. (O.K., I did.)
Then I sat back and waited for the love to pour in. Or at least the “like.” Lots of likes. After all, I have 1,037 Facebook friends. Surely, they’d commiserate.
Except that they didn’t.
Paul Waldman of the American Prospect takes Ms Gottlieb to task, over her ridiculous opinion piece.
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On cable news and in the newspapers the biggest topic being discussed is not how the GOP ‘s attempt at sabotaging the economy cost the taxpayers billions of dollars but how the online health care exchanges are awful. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Ezra Klein is piling on. That the Federal Health Care exchange site covers states with GOP governors who have tried everything in their power to sabotage a smooth rollout, hardly merits a mention. They are behaving as if they have never heard of software problems or glitches or bugs in newly launched software, ever. Guess they never used Windows Vista.
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These are some of the questions I wish reporters would ask the Congressional Republican Leadership
1. Why weren’t you worried about the debt and deficit during President Bush’s tenure?
2. If you are concerned about the deficit why are you against raising taxes?
3. Why are you acting like the Affordable Care Act is the end of the world when you said nothing about an identical health care plan in Massachusetts down to the individual mandate.
4. Why are you flirting with global financial disaster?
I could go on. Do your jobs, reporters and stop normalizing the crazy.