By Mr. Curmudgeon:
In an article written for Slate, John Dickerson, who is the political director for CBS News, said, “Washington’s partisan rancor, the size of the problems facing government, and the limited amount of time before Obama is a lame duck all point to a single conclusion: The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat.”
Many on the right were appalled. Of the obvious pro-Obama bias rampant within the mainstream media, Breitbart’s John Nolte noted, “… Even as they [the MSM] openly celebrate their left-wing biases out of one side of their mouth, out the other, they will claim they remain objective and unbiased.”
I’m sure my response will be highly unpopular among knee-jerk conservatives, but here goes: Is it news to anyone who has been awake since the Reagan years that the media is biased? Secondly, is it the job of the left to be fair and nice and make things easy for the right? Thirdly, what does it say about conservatives that they whine so easily when confronted by a political movement that views them as enemies and not the loyal opposition?
I became a rabid Tea Party supporter because I grew tired of hearing conservative talk-radio endlessly beat the “media-is-biased” drum like the proverbial dead horse. Rush Limbaugh has been singing that tune for twenty years. Complaining about media bias on national radio might be good entertainment – for some – and may earn Limbaugh more than $20 million a year, but it changes nothing.
Unlike conservatives, the Tea Party actively seeks to change the political makeup of the GOP by targeting its tangential incumbents in Congress, to replace them with constitutionalists bent on reducing the size, power and cost of bureaucratic Washington. Establishment Republicans are stumbling blocks to that change and need … well … changing.
Karl Rove, senior adviser to President George W. Bush, told Fox’s Sean Hannity, “I think the President was basically declaring his administration is no longer about substantive achievements,” said Rove of the president’s inaugural speech, “It’s about positioning, about making the Democratic Party be more popular with his coalition, and try and win the 2014th elections by making the Republicans look extreme.”
With Speaker John Boehner doing everything in his power to make Obama’s second term as successful as his first, it’s hard for me to imagine just how the president will portray his House Republican lapdog as a prehistoric dire wolf.
“The barrier to progress here in many respects, whether it is deficits, measures to help economy, immigration, gun safety legislation is … Republicans in Congress, who are out of the mainstream,” White House advisor David Plouffe told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “We need more Republicans in Congress to think like Republicans in the country who are seeking compromise, seeking balance.”
Democrats certainly have that now – in the House with John Boehner and the Senate with Mitch McConnell. Whether it is spending, taxes or the debt ceiling, Democrats know that establishment Republicans are the gifts that keep giving.
It’s the non-compromisers that are Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boehner and McConnell’s problem. They are the men and women who came to Washington in 2010 and made the debt ceiling – which has risen quietly to $16.4 trillion since 1917 – an issue that won’t go away.
It’s laughable for the media, even Fox News, to suggest there is ideological rancor in Washington. Don’t judge politicians by what they say, judge them by what they do. By that measure, the evidence clearly shows that everyone in Washington is getting along swimmingly.
CBS’s John Dickerson needn’t worry about Obama cementing “his legacy if he destroys the GOP.” Boehner and his fellow establishmentarians have been there and done that. It’s up to Obama’s non-compromising Tea Party opposition to breathe new life into a dead GOP and fight to stop the fundamental transformation of “the last, best hope for man.”