Time for Gibbs to fail upward
by Jerome Armstrong, Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:53:22 AM EDT
Robert Gibbs is not an uncommon operative. He's proved himself a professional laggard at understanding new media over the years. After failing at his job to stop Dean in 2004 while John Kerry's communications director, he failed upward to become the spokesperson for the Gephardt-led Torricelli-financed infamous hit-job Osama bin Laden ad that cycle. This is where Gibbs has made his expertise plain-- bashing the Democratic partisan progressive.
Obama liked what he saw. So for the past 6 years, Gibbs has been the voice of Obama. There's little doubt they get along great in private, and anyone who thinks that Gibbs is voicing something that Obama himself doesn't also voice has loyalty that's beyond mere stupidity.
Gibbs has been prepped for a while now to become a more "senior adviser" to Obama. It's well-known that he's slated become the chief strategist once Axelrod leaves the WH, and for the '12 re-election. Does this endanger that role? Put another way, has there been a peep of his being in dis-conjunct with Obama? Beltway mentality, Brooks & Gergen, without a doubt, have told Obama that Gibbs is correct.
If anything, this will likely turn out to be part of the "new reality" tapestry after the post-'10 blowout of the Democrats by the Republicans. The fault of the '10 losses will be the professional left.
There's actually some truth to that reality. The combined strategy of tarring Tea Partiers and beating the straw out of Bush again has been in play for over a year now, as the main oppositional message of attack, with no tangible results (I would argue its actually empowered conservatives and enlarged their megaphones). Remember when Rush Limbaugh was going to be made the face of the Republican Party? Yea, right.
So for all the professional cable blowhards that has been participating in that strategy, then yea, own up. Its time to fail upward, right alongside Gibbs.
That said, the failure of this tar & stick attack has to be understood within the failure of the Democratic trifecta. A party in power, or any politican, can only run effectively for re-election on their record. Anything else admits failure at the onset, and expects the voter to embrace a lesser argument than achievement.
Democrats had another route. They should have said no to the bank bailouts; the stimulus should have been less about funding status quo and more about innovation; healthcare reform should not have turned out to be a mandate of buying corporate insurance; pulling out of Iraq should not have become the bait to switch on the the surge in Afghanistan.
You can argue the opposite, and many Democrats did as these happened. Certainly Robert Gibbs falls in that camp. In both practice and politics, the facts now show those people were wrong. There's not a record of accomplishment to run on.
So now, in the face of that failure, and the impending '10 losses, bozo the spokesman blames the ones that argued to take the other route-- for not cheerleading their failure enough.
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