Alternate headline: An infinite string of LOLs. The Hill reports:
During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: “They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.”
I sure would, but then, I’ve always been a fan of the Great Gazoo.
As Matt Welch at Reason points out, the White House is running out of people to lie about:
Whether Gibbs is trying to smack the disgruntled left back into line, or make a triangulation play for disaffected independents and centrist-Democrats, this attack on nameless carpers strikes me as, among other things, a good deal less than accurate. Yes, there is a contingent still licking their wounds for not getting single-payer health care, but the ongoing lefty criticism of Obama has less to do with not shutting down the Pentagon, and more to do with not shutting down Guantanamo Bay, a much more modest goal that also happened to be something Obama promised every night on the campaign trail. The Krugmanites want a second stimulus, not a socialistic elf-president (who, in case you haven’t noticed, has tried running for president several times without making much of a dent).
That doesn’t matter, though, because those guys are big stupid stinkyheads who are mean. Maybe lashing out at the dwindling percentage of Americans who might still stand with them is a brilliant political ploy. Or maybe we should just start calling it the Whine House.
P.S. LOL × ∞
P.P.S. Whine House it is, then.