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.”
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.
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”.