The Professional Left, Robert Gibbs, Would Like To Kick You in the Balls


“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar
to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying,
“They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve
eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”

Of those who
complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare
reform, Gibbs said: “They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was

The White House, constantly under fire from
expected enemies on the right, has been frustrated by nightly attacks
on cable news shows catering to the left, where Obama and top
lieutenants like Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have been excoriated for
abandoning the public option in healthcare reform; for not moving
faster to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay; and for failing, so far,
to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

I don’t know what’s more tiresome, Gibbs saying this shit or the chorus of nonprofessional lefties who are going to jump all over every comment thread in blogtopia today to say this PROVES Obama’s just as bad as Bush and everyone who voted for him was a moron.

Thing is, I expected this shit to a certain extent. It’s not like every Democrat ever hasn’t positioned himself as “not like those crazies” to appeal to some mythical voters somewhere who think “both parties are crazy” because they can’t be bothered to pay attention. I expected a certain amount of this crap, especially from somebody who always was a centrist and shouldn’t be blamed for the misconceptions of his supporters.

However, this is past the extent of what I expected. This is counterproductive, small, mean, and most of allstupid. Setting hippies and the merits of the argument aside for a moment, what exactly is saying this going to do? Provoke a round of soul-searching in which liberal bloggers realize that yes, actually, we have been kind of tough on Obama, and we should calm down and accept that he’s done the best he could under the circumstances? If you seriously think that’s a realistic expectation, Robert, you need to go back to Psych 101. Setting hippies and their drum circles aside, it’s just bad, lazy strategy, and that pisses me off more than any implied insult to my liberal bona fides could.

Republicans already hate you, Bobby. That’s not gonna change. Saying shit like this is just gonna piss off people who want to like you except you keep giving them reasons not to. You keep reminding them of all the things they wanted, that you said you would do, that you haven’t done, simply because you don’t want to piss off people who don’t like you anyway. Those of us out here in the world who want help getting and keeping our jobs and getting and keeping health care and getting and keeping honest-to-blog national security are not cowed by Republicans, so we don’t understand why you are.

Explain that, maybe, and then you can vent for a bit.


14 thoughts on “The Professional Left, Robert Gibbs, Would Like To Kick You in the Balls

  1. What, about this, is inaccurate?
    Obama is NOT w.
    Obama, where he has applied his attention and skills, is changing government’s approach from that of the w/dick administration. He has not applied that attention / skill combination successfully to all the parts of government. He has had a fight on his hands from the GOP for everything he has done — including keeping breathing — since Nov. 2008.
    To consider him no different than his predecessorIS crazy.
    But his predecessor had 8 full years and cheney working behind the scenes to screw up not just part of but all of our federal government. Obama hasn’t had time to *find* all the fucked-up places, let alone fix them all, especially considering that to change the heads of agencies he has to go thru the nomination/ confirmation practice, and that just lets the GOP yell “HELL NO YOU CAN’T” even louder.
    Gibbs was right, and the “professional left” — the people making a living bitching about how Obama’s such a loser — ought to be ashamed of themselves. The reason they’re all screaming is because, quite simply, the truth hurts.

  2. I think it is safe to assume that Gibbs accurately expresses the prevailing opinions in the White House. If not, then Obama needs to fire him. So, I’m going to assume the former.
    Isn’t what happened to Obama that once he entered the White House he became one of the “in” crowd, and not just one of “them”? Like everyone else who enters that environment he began to work to solidify his “in” status. Unfortunately, the “ins” are the conservatives and centrists, not the liberals. So, now Obama actually believes he is doing the best things for America. And, this belief is bolstered everyday by his choices of advisers and his cabinet, all of whom share his desire to be “in” and most of whom were picked to establish that he was really deserving of being “in”.
    I don’t see a solution to this, short of replacing Obama with someone having the strength of character and beliefs to not give a shit if he is “in” or otherwise.

  3. I just read the story. I didn’t read it as pandering to the right as much as trying to control the message going into the midterms. If the latter is true, then f*ck them.

  4. Shorter Gibbs: The hippies don’t like us. Perhaps we’re not punching them hard enough.

  5. “Gibbs said the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.”
    I’d like to see them pull off another election without the “professional left,” whomever that may be.

  6. This would all be so much less depressing if the last president to actuallyembrace the left didn’t win so many re-elections that the first order of business when Republicans regained a measure of control was toamend the fucking Constitution to prevent that kind of popularity from happening again.
    Know what, Gibbsie? I don’t want Kucinich to be president as much as I want the current White House to stop sucking donkey balls. Quit acting like you’re doing us all a huge favor by not being teabaggers.

  7. There is a lot of bullshit hedging coming from the White House that is positioning for the 2012 election. I think it’s chickenshit smallball but that’s what you get from people who love their powerful jobs. I’d like for the White House to try making GOVERNING Job #1 but I may as well wish for magic pants and free cheese curds for all*.
    * no mandate, don’t eat ’em if you don’t want them

  8. Why did the loony left waste so much time negotiating with Max Baucus and Grassley? Oh wait, that was Gibby and Co.

  9. “Gibbs said the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.”
    That shit right there just sends me right off. Guess what Gibbsy? Whatever the “Professional Left” is, it IS representative of this progressive who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.
    I knew that Obama couldn’t change the US into France, but shit, I thought he would make a LITTLE difference. It pisses me off that this administration struts around saying “we passed healthcare reform” as if it was some gigantic, huge change. Why, they are ALREADY making concessions with the health insurance companies regarding “required” covereage under healthcare reform. And what about the Pharma deal y’all made behind closed doors, Gibbsy?
    And don’t EVEN go there on Gitmo and the other national security shit Obama is doing. Gah.
    Arrgggghhhh, arrrgggghhhh, arrrgggghhhh.

  10. This is an administration that is BEGGING for a primary fight. I pray that someone with an ounce of integrity and a pound of fund-raising ability gives it to them.

  11. What bothers me about this is that the President’s press secretary is supposed to present the President’s personal views to the press and the public.
    If Gibbs’ remarks accurately reflect Obama’s current state of mind, Obama’s really screwed the pooch. Taking the side of the powerful against the people, and insulting the people without power, to boot, is a pretty sad state of affairs.
    Why does Gibbs need to defend the Pentagon? They’re spending quite literally billions of the taxpayers’ money on PR to make themselves look good. Of course, the suggestion that the left wants to get rid of the Pentagon is meant to deflect any talk of reducing the budget of that bloated hulk of a rotting relic of empire and controlling its destructive tendency to starting wars and keeping them going as long as possible, and to not let the DFHs get a word in edgewise about its disastrous effect on the budget deficits.
    Even Gibbs’ non-apology apology was just more of the same “sit down and shut up” routine:
    “So we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies, and instead work together to make sure everyone knows what is at stake because we’ve come too far to turn back now.”
    What horseshit. What’s at stake is the Dems possibly losing the House in 2010 and possibly the White House in 2012, because Obama took a right turn in his little Presidential golf cart as soon as he was sworn in, because he wanted to curry favor with the likes of Boner and McChinless and Huckleberry–people who were more determined than ever to knock him down, and then kick him shitless while he was down.
    You dance with them what brung you, and Obama hasn’t done that. Now he’s whining because he’s discovered that all his dance dates have been leaving while he’s been busy sucking up to those kool kidz on Wall Street and those rich guys with oil wells and those big, strong boys in the fancy uniforms.
    Maybe Obama isn’t nearly as smart as everyone says he is.

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