Gibbs and the White House Using the Republican Playbook, again

In Current Events, Election Politics on August 11, 2010 at 17:29

In the good old days, Republicans would throw out the word “liberal” to attack and discredit Democrats and those more progressive than themselves. Thankfully, the Republicans now have the White House to do it for them.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is blaming the “professional left” for criticizing Obama. (I hope I am part of the “professional left” too!) What Gibbs wants is lock-step Democrats, liberals and progressives like the Republican clone machine. Gibbs wants us to support Obama even if he continues the policies we attacked Bush for such as warrantless wiretapping, don’t ask don’t tell, the Afghan war, and bailouts to the banks.

And, Gibbs wants us to be content with the health care bill that is a sell out to the health care industry and big pharma and also love the banking regulations bill that doesn’t address “too big to fail”. Well Mr. Gibbs, only 20% of the nation is hardcore Republican voters and the rest of us don’t accept whatever the President does even if we voted for him in 2008. Instead of talking to us like adults, Gibbs acts like a hurt child.

“These people (liberals) ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.” (link)

I have news for you Mr. Gibbs: liberals would be very happy if Rep. Kucinich was in the White House and NOT Obama. And we would hold Dennis Kucinich to task if he didn’t fulfill his promises. Gibbs wants to make Obama’s presidency thus far about loyalty to a man instead of sticking to principles. Sorry. For progressives, principle is more important than the man or his office. Gibbs is creating his own fantasy land of paranoia like Republican talking heads on Fox and elsewhere. Almost NO ONE has called for the elimination of the Pentagon. Can you name anyone who has Mr. Gibbs?

Alan Grayson Says It Well

“He (Gibbs) belongs on Fox, not as the White House Spokesman.”

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I suggest two options. Write Gibbs and tell him to “shut the fuck up, you’re losing the election for Obama and the Democrats” or you can write Obama and tell him to fire Gibbs.

I’ll take the later option.

President Obama
CO/ The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500-0004
or phone: (202) 456-1414

Or send note online:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Here’s my letter to Obama.

Honorable President Obama:

I hope that the remarks of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs do not mirror your feelings about “the professional left” or any liberals or progressives that worked hard to get you elected.

Many liberals are already disappointed in your term, but we understand your challenges. The words of Mr. Gibbs only increases the gulf between the White House and your base of supporters in an unstable time for your party.

Mr. Gibbs needs to be fired before he loses more Democratic support, Democratic seats, or your election in 2012.


Or you can just thank the Obama White House for acting like Republicans once more by attacking the “left”.

Tex Shelters

  1. Principles? Apparently, the neofeudalist Dems thought principles were a drug and THEY have smoked them all up. No depth seems to be too low anymore for the neofeudalists, be they on the Republican “team” or the Democrat “team”.

  2. Little Sun,

    Principles do seem to be something our two parties lie about to get votes during the election time and then drop the rest of the year. However, they are less and less principled about anything and the system is so rigged that we can’t put pressure on them to pass laws that matter to the rest of us.

    Tex Shelters

  3. …reminds me about the saying about meeting the new boss, same as the old boss.

    • UJ,

      Wasn’t that the Philosopher, Sir Pete of Townsend?
      Gibbs HAS been watching too much cable, Fox News!


      Tex Shelters

  4. I may not call for elimation of the Pentagon, but I would be for a huge downsizing and closing the humongus black hole into which many tens of billions of dollars vanish with no explanation or accounting.

  5. Lobo,

    Yes, many call for a reduction in its size. But Gibbs is too stupid to understand that a reduction in the Pentagon budget is not the same as an elimination of the Pentagon.


    Tex Shelters

  6. It is more and more apparent to me that we have a 1 party system…Much like the way we described the Communist Party in Russia. The Memshevics and the Bolshevics were both communists..the Dims and the Repugs are still Corporatists….We have the Worse government that Money can Buy.

    • Roscoe,

      I hear ya. Buy we’re not buying it, and the corporations and cronies who buy it make the legislation. I think it’s bad, then Gibbs makes it clear that they don’t give a shit about people and especially those that speak their mind.

      Keep shouting!

      Tex Shelters

  7. I’m going to copy and paste your letter, Tex. Yep – Dennis might have made a better choice. I lived in Cleveland while he was mayor and he was a great one.

    • Carla,

      Thanks. I respect your perspective. And like I said, I, we, would hold even Mr. Kucinich to task if he were continuing the war and don’t ask don’t tell and kowtowing to corporate donors. But Gibbs is to stupid to realize that this is about policy, not Obama.

      Tex Shelters

  8. Tex, I gotta say… it’s rare that I actually applaud at the end of a blog… but I just did.

    • Thanks Ineffable.

      Gibbs really pissed me off this time and I have written and will write again. Apparently, Obama and friends don’t want my vote, and I am close to obliging.

      Tex Shelters

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