I’ve been saying for some time now that a large part of the problem with American politics above and beyond the NeoConfederates of the GOP is that they have a compliant and complicit ally in the Ferengi-based media. It would seem that someone has finally gotten that memo (italics mine):
Here’s David Axelrod, on CNN today, pushing back on Candy Crowley’s suggestion that Obama bears some of the blame for Congress’s failure to act on the economy:
I think this is something — something different going on right now. When you have the leader — the Republican leader of the Senate say, our number one goal — in the midst of this economy, our number one goal is to defeat the president, and they’re acting like it.
They don’t want to cooperate. They don’t want to help. Even on measures to help the economy that they traditionally have supported before, like a payroll tax cut, like infrastructure, rebuilding our roads and bridges and surface transport. These — so you have to ask a question, are they willing to tear down the economy in order to tear down the president or are they going to cooperate?
And, listen, there’s a reason why the Congress is at nine percent in some polls, approval, lowest in history. Because this is different than we’ve ever seen before.
Greg Sargent’s post also pointed out the predictable pearl-clutching by the usual suspects:
…Obama’s newly aggressive populism and (gasp) partisan rhetoric has sparked a good deal of handwringing and complaining from centrist columists (see Brooks, David) and leading GOP officials (see Ryan, Paul), who have been arguing that the new approach is somehow out of bounds or that it risks alienating the middle of the country.
Hey! How dare you Dems actually stand up for yourselves and not cower in fear at our continuous onslaught against the country? The unmitigated gall of calling us out for wrecking the country because we cannot abide not being in charge! Harumph!
Here’s the thing – Republicans ALWAYS overreach. Axelrod is right though – this time is different, mainly because the NeoConfederates went further than any sane person thought they could, but also because this time enough people seem to have noticed and are willing to say so OUT LOUD. Even some of the Sunday morning courtesans are slowly, ever so gently beginning to bend towards honest queries and away from singing backup vocals.
While I’m glad to see the new trend, I fully expect Gregory, Tapper, Todd, the aforementioned Crowley, Blitzer and the rest to double down – this is what courtesans do.
But maybe – just maybe – this time they won’t get away with it.