From Alex Pareene at Salon:
Grown-up professional political pundits and journalists have decided that President Obama’s response to the oil spill has been a complete and utter failure because he has not acted mad enough. Some of them are also mad that he has not magically stopped the leak. A couple of them have specifically wished for him to act more like America’s Dad.
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Of course, I wouldn’t leave you without a key so you know who’s who, kids:
1. David Gergen
2. James Ragin’ Cajun Carville
3. Thomas Friedman
4. Maureen The Plagiarist Dowd
5. Peggy Noonan
6. David Broder
7. Chris Tweety Matthews
8. Joe Squinty Scarborough
The pundits and journos who have demanded that the president find some way to act angrier — that he simply do something, even if that something is entirely ineffective and pointless and merely for the sake of appearances — include:
- Chris Matthews
- Maureen Dowd
- David Gergen
- David Broder
- Joe Scarborough
- James Carville
- Peggy Noonan
- Thomas Friedman
- The majority of the White House Press Corps
Here is a reasonable, moderate portion of a reasonable, moderate David Brooks column:
In times of crisis, you get a public reaction that is incoherence on stilts. On the one hand, most people know that the government is not in the oil business. They don’t want it in the oil business. They know there is nothing a man in Washington can do to plug a hole a mile down in the gulf.
On the other hand, they demand that the president “take control.”
They want to hold him responsible for things they know he doesn’t control. Their reaction is a mixture of disgust, anger, longing and need.
Did you notice the odd thing about that excerpt? The joke is that when David Brooks talks, without any supporting evidence, about what the “public” and “the country” wants, he is actually referring only to the response of the professional media elite.