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Gibbs Was Doing A Sister Souljah Moment

From the willing stooges at the Politico:

Liberals still steamed at Robert Gibbs

By: Kendra Marr and Abby Phillip
August 10, 2010

At first they were just angry. Now liberal critics are steaming mad.

The Obama administration’s attempts to blunt press secretary Robert Gibbs’s frustrations about the “professional left” in a newspaper interview published Tuesday haven’t changed much. Gibbs’s backtracking — he said he spoke “inartfully” to The Hill — and deputy press secretary Bill Burton’s assertion that his boss “answered honestly” when he derided liberal critics, seemed only to make matters worse.

“Gibbs’s and Burton’s statements say this isn’t a Robert Gibbs issue, this is a White House mentality issue,” said Adam Green, one of the founders of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), an active member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, even called for Gibbs’s resignation.

Pointing to evidence that Democrats are suffering from an “enthusiasm gap” ahead of November’s midterm elections, liberals are puzzled by the timing and wisdom of Gibbs’s statement. They said that though Gibbs singled out what he called the “professional left,” disaffection with this White House is widespread.

In an interview with The Hill’s Sam Youngman, Gibbs lashed out at liberal critics who have relentlessly pilloried Obama for what they view as bad compromises and broken promises, including the lack of a single-payer system in the sweeping health care overhaul, his failure to close Guantanamo Bay within a year and his addition of 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan. Gibbs said the left isn’t giving the president his due for preventing a national economic collapse, tightening Wall Street rules and changing the health care system — accomplishments made despite lockstep Republican opposition.

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

Liberals, Gibbs said, “wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.”

Hours after the interview appeared, Gibbs walked back his comments in a statement to the left-leaning Huffington Post, The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder. “I watch too much cable TV, I admit,” Gibbs wrote, then went on to point out Obama’s accomplishments.

“So we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies,” he said, and work together “because we’ve come too far to turn back now.”

In some ways this administration really is the most transparent in history. It is certainly obvious that Mr. Obama is concerned about his standing in the public opinion polls, where he enjoys historically low approval ratings.

So he and his Clinton throw-backs have decided that they will imitate Mr. William Jefferson Blythe and ‘triangulate.’ And there is no better way to triangulate than to have a ‘Sister Souljah Moment.’

For those who have forgotten this term of art, Wikipedia describes it thusly:

Sister Souljah Moment

In United States politics, a Sister Souljah moment is a politician’s public repudiation of an allegedly extremist person or group, statement, or position perceived to have some association with the politician or their party.

Such an act of repudiation is designed to signal to centrist voters that the politician is not beholden to traditional, and sometimes unpopular, interest groups associated with the party, although such a repudiation runs the risk of alienating some of the politician’s allies and the party’s base voters…

Of course, Mr. Obama could not risk the dignity of his office by doing this personally. So he sent Mr. Gibbs out to with the script to talk to the willing handmaidens at The Hill.

Needless to say, Mr. Obama’s base, the hardcore radical left, know full well what is going on. And they are only too happy to play along with the charade by feigning outrage.

It’s a win-win for everybody who believes that words are merely tools to power.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Gibbs Was Doing A Sister Souljah Moment”

  1. AcornsRNutz

    I have to agree with the gibbs quote on this one. The fun of the collapse of America (in my search for a silver lining) will be watching these vultures and hyenas resort to eating one another alive.

  2. proreason

    “It’s a win-win for everybody who believes that words are merely tools to power.” SG

    hammer. nail. clean hit.

    It was all game-boarded out weeks in advance. The white house probably wrote the “news” articles about it.

    It’s an okey-doke to pick off the stupidest independents.

  3. ptat

    You got it–100% scripted and staged. What a world class TOOL!

  4. tranquil.night

    Lol, thanks for the zazzy new/old term for the lexicon, Steve.

    Definately a pathetic triangulation attempt, but oh are there plenty of braindead true believers out there from whom the outrage at Gibbs is quite real. The tool Rep. Ellison is one of them. Honestly from my time spent at Huffing and Puffington, the majority of Liberals literally are not able to think outside of their immediate feelings and impulses. Most of them will forget this even happened unless it’s bludgeoned into their memory.

    The hilarious thing is that what Gibbs said about them was entirely correct and very ‘inartful,’ almost brutally so. I think that’s what hurt their bleeding-hearts the most.

    Remember, betraying your friends – betraying “the People” as Avatar might say – is more enraging to the feral zealots of vengeance than being a warrior of an enemy tribe.




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