Robert Gibbs may have been speaking for the president when he ripped into “the professional left” last week for not giving enough support for Obama’s achievements.
But Gibbs offered no definition of this “professional left”, and then went loopy, saying they all should be drug-tested, will only be satisfied “when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon,” and still wouldn’t be content with Dennis Kucinich as president. Seriously?
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) can probably take some credit for its slogan “Health Care/Not Warfare” driving Gibbs over the edge.
Gibbs takes plenty of abuse on his job, but that’s what he’s paid to absorb. But when he throws over-the-top diatribes against an imagined professional left it may be a sign of his own difficulty in swallowing his administration’s compromises.
Maureen Down thinks Gibbs should be yanked. Will he now demand she be drug-tested? I personally think Dowd goes too far. A little rehab should do the job. Maybe Gibbs should be required to attend a PDA meeting. Or Code Pink. Somehow Gibbs needs to recover his professionalism.
Democrats’ hopes for this November, and for Obama’s re-election in 2012, will be imperiled if their campaigns conjure, inflate and insult a Crazy Left. Virtually all progressives can suffer and bear compromise after fighting the good fight. In the heat of the moment, they sometimes may go too far in raging at the White House. But if abused enough and repeatedly written off or taken for granted, it is certain that many of them will not volunteer and will not vote.