Shut Up, He Argued

Robert Gibbs today lashed out at critics on Obama’s left in a less-than-mature or wise fashion:

“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 am happy to watch blue on blue fights over a bowl of popcorn and root for injuries, particularly as we head into November.  And I certainly think it is strange for the far left to be asking the President to lurch even further in their direction given the disastrous results so far for the administration and the country. 

But according to this bunch, no critic can possibly have a well-intentioned policy disagreement with the administration, whether from the right or the left.  I find it incredibly tiresome that the administration simply dismisses its critics without ever even trying to engage them.  Shut up is not an argument.

Via Peter Wehner at Commentary Contentions.

Published in: on August 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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