Are We Chumps if We Blame Obama Instead of the Loony Republicans?
he's aware "who the real villains are at this volatile moment." His
piece notes that he realizes it's "Tea Party Republicans" who've been
reckless, who've undermined confidence in the United States, and whose
actions have weakened the country.
But, Miller adds, he's mad at President Obama anyway. Kevin Drum's reaction resonated with me.
to God, Republicans must all be sitting in their back rooms and just
cackling like hell right now. Think about it. They developed a strategy
to hamstring the president completely -- a strategy that's bulletproof
thanks to our country's Constitution -- knowing that it would rally
their base but also hoping that it would cause moderates and lefties
alike to become disgusted with Obama's weakness even though we all know who's really responsible for what's going on.
And it worked! In fact, it's worked better than they could possibly
have imagined. They can probably barely keep from spitting up their
beers right now.
We are such chumps.
A couple of weeks ago, the day after the debt-ceiling agreement was announced -- a deal I repeatedly condemned, by the way -- I asked,
"Am I supposed to be angrier with the radicals who held a gun to our
heads, or those who prevented them from pulling the trigger?"
Even among those who know "who the real villains are," there's apparently still some ambiguity about the answer.
on nothing but my own perceptions and recent experiences, I'm often
surprised at how common this is. I'm on a number of email lists, for
example, with fellow lefties in various circles, and I'd say the
criticisms of Obama on a daily basis, particularly over the last month
or so, outnumber criticisms of Republicans by at least 50 to 1. These
are folks who know full well who's chiefly responsible for the nation's
self-inflicted wounds, but like Miller, emphasize the fact they're "mad
at Barack Obama" anyway.
unstated message seems to be, "Sure, Republicans have become an American
nightmare. That's obvious. In fact, it's such a given, it's not worth
talking about. Instead, let's denounce the White House...."
But as Kevin noted, if we all know who's actually responsible for what's going on, maybe it is worth talking about, rather than playing the game the way the right prefers?
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