Politics and Media Headlines 3/11/09
by Caro, Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 10:55:25 AM EDT
Bonus Quote of the Day (Political Wire)
"We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010. Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint." -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), quoted by the National Journal, on the new Republican strategy.
This Modern World (by Tom Tomorrow)
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What's distressing about these tactics is that they have worked so well for so long. And will continue to work as long as Democrats refuse to become educators and defenders of liberal issues.--Caro
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"Is There Anything Wrong With Saying Yes?" (by dday at Hullabaloo)
New York Times reporters had a conversation with Barack Obama on his plane, where they actually asked him if he were a socialist. Obama answered no, explained the thought process behind his budget, and later, after pondering it, actually called the reporters back and said, "It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question."... [B]eyond the debates over opinions which are obviously ridiculous, there's a larger point that was touched upon in the follow-up question about socialism by the Times. "Q. Is there anything wrong with saying yes?"
Only in a country where the balance of acceptable discourse has been so tainted and distorted that reasonable social democratic policies are completely forbidden from the conversation. And so you have Obama's advisers running to David Brooks to prove that they aren't crazy socialist radicals, but pragmatists. Which makes a certain political sense, but isn't actually true... I don't believe that Obama's team is made up of pragmatists. Because pragmatists would look at reality and do exactly what's necessary, regardless of ideological concerns.
Times Reporter Defends Asking Obama If He's A "Socialist" (by Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)
The unavoidable political context here ... is that Republicans and conservatives -- or "some people," as the paper put it -- are trying to tar Obama as a socialist right now in order to turn the public against his agenda.
Obama and the New York Times (by Eric Boehlert at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
The simple truth is that by asking Obama whether he was a socialist, the Times effectively endorsed the divisive right-wing rhetoric; the Times shoved it into the mainstream.
Eric says in this post that Times reporters haven't done this to past presidents, and he uses Bush as an example. Now, I don't have Bob Somerby's memory on specifics, but didn't the media, including the Times, ask Bill Clinton and Al Gore the most embarrassing questions they could think of? It's always Democrats who are asked ridiculous questions.--Caro
Working in a Cole Mind (by myiq2xu at The Confluence)
John Cole: "...The reason social conservatives and progressives both hate the media is because they really don't care about either group or their issues. This is about protecting the amassed wealth of the few."... Unfortunately, [Cole] and his readership are not ready to consider the logical implications of that idea. Consider these two facts:
- The media opposed Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sarah Palin.
- The media supported Barack Obama.
And they are being proven right, day after day, decision after decision.--Caro
So, if Obama's not a socialist, what IS he?
Obama: 'I am a New Democrat' (Politico, thanks to Cinie at The Confluence)
President Barack Obama firmly resists ideological labels, but at the end of a private meeting with a group of moderate Democrats Tuesday afternoon he offered a statement of solidarity. "I am a New Democrat," he told the New Democrat Coalition, according to two sources at the White House session. The group is comprised of centrist Democratic members of the House, who support free trade and a muscular foreign policy but are more moderate than the conservative Blue Dog coalition. Obama made his comment in discussing his budget priorities and broader goals, also calling himself a "pro-growth Democrat" during the course of conversation.
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