You may notice that I’ve been writing a somewhat higher proportion of my posts on topics that are not all that political. There’s a reason for that.
Every morning I go to certain sites to read the stories of the day—for example, memeorandum. Ever since the election it’s been pretty much the same thing (actually, even before the election it was pretty much the same thing): Obama’s latest attempts to outrage the opposition and demonize it, the MSM’s fawning support of him, and the left’s chortling and crowing and celebrating in the end zone about it all. Plus a heavy does of people saying what a bunch of disorganized, angry, racist, nasty, permanent-and-forever losers the Republicans are.
That’s the left’s prerogative, of course. After all, They Won. There will be a lot more of that sort of thing from them in the next four years—and, if they’re right about the future of conservatism, for the foreseeable future.
There’s not really all that much to say about the actual articles any more, at least nothing that’s not been said about a hundred times here (although I’ll probably continue to say it). For example, today this Politico piece caught my eye as a fine and somewhat subtle example of the genre. With a straight face (if an article can be said to have a face), it treats the president’s bellicosity towards Republicans as something new and different, something that just began as a result of Obama’s victory and higher approval rating, and his recent negotiations with Republicans.
This gives you a bit of the flavor, in case you don’t want to read the whole piece:
Obama, the same president who campaigned twice on breaking the cycle of conflict in Washington, sees the utility — even the necessity — of rattling Republican cages as he plunges into a succession of upcoming battles…Obama’s willingness to take a more overtly adversarial stance is, in part, a nod to the reality that he’s about to start his second term with solid approval numbers…
But it would be a mistake to attribute all of Obama’s actions to dispassionate tactics. After four-plus years of embittered partisan combat, he views his GOP bargaining partners with more than a little contempt, and he momentarily vanquished enemies who just can’t say “yes” to him.
His apparent conclusion, after watching the implosion of the House GOP’s effort to pass a modest tax increase before the final fiscal cliff deal, is that the best way to deal with the Capitol is to throw rocks at it — then send Vice President Joe Biden in to clean up the glass.
No more Mr. Nice Guy, that Obama. Finally, he’s taking off the gloves and viewing those “bargaining partners” who “just can’t say ‘yes’ to him” with contempt.
Where do the authors of the piece think we’ve been for the last four years? Reading Politico, that’s where.
[NOTE: As an aside, what is the phrase “bargaining partner” supposed to mean? Does it not imply an actual give-and-take between the two sides, rather than one side just saying “yes” to the other? But long ago, Obama re-defined the idea of the bargain as “my way or the highway—and at the same time I’ll get the press to say I’m actually the one willing to concede and that my opponents are the intransigent ones.”
Nothing like the confidence that comes from having the press parked firmly in your corner.]