Yeah, this is the kind of thing I’m trying to avoid, but I can’t resist. There’s this right wing blog I check out regularly. It’s called PowerLine and is run by several guys. All of them white. Most of them attorneys. All of them almost completely unrepentant rightwingers. A few days ago, as Stephen Colbert was ending his Colbert Report, they posted something about how Colbert was a Democratic Party operative, just trying to further the propaganda machine of the Democratic Party. They were offended by this, apparently, while not recognizing that Fox News is a shill for the Republican Party that operates 24/7.
So, today, I look at what they’ve got going on and their most current post starts with this nugget: “By any reasonable standard, the Obama administration has been a train wreck.”
Of course they don’t explain why they think this. They never do. It is just a statement that they repeat over and over and over again and their hoards of like-minded readers reinforce it through some of the most offensive statements I’ve read on the blogosphere lately. And, then, they typically lead into something that is superficial and irrelevant and, ultimately, not Obama’s fault. Like this most current post — which relates to a CBS report about how Obama is a “foodie” and is “hipper” than other U.S. Presidents. Note, that this turns into a criticism of Obama when he had nothing to do with the report. Yes, the report is ridiculous and stupid, but let’s remember that throughout Bush’s Presidency, there were plenty of stupid and ridiculous stuff reported about his habits … like how he cleared brush at his Texas ranch.
I’m curious, then, exactly how they justify the comment. I won’t find it in any of their posts, unless I patch them all together and try to put the puzzle together. To read the blog, Obama has failed at … well, everything. And if you say it often enough maybe it will become true. Or not.
Here’s what I’d like to do … if any of you reading this blog are more on the right side of the aisle politically, I invite you to submit a post to me explaining what you believe went wrong with the Obama administration. I will publish your post here, unedited, and then offer a rebuttal. I promise you a respectful discussion that weighs the merits of this Administration’s actions. I don’t expect anybody to take up this offer because it has become apparent to me that the WordPress corner of the blogosphere is pretty liberal, but I’m hoping there is somebody out there who reads this who says, “I’ll give it a try.” I seriously would like to have a conversation on this with somebody. Anybody game? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.