Today on ABC News, Paul Krugman stood up for Pres. Obama and smacked down the tired Republican talking point that the president has failed to reach out to them by correctly pointing out that each and every single time that he has tried to compromise, he has gotten his “fingers ripped off” by the sinister GOP.
DOWD: To me, this is a perfect example of what’s gone wrong in Washington. I think Samantha Power is very competent and very qualified. I think Ambassador Rice is very competent and very qualified. But just because you can appoint somebody doesn’t mean you should appoint somebody. And to me, this is basically at a time when everybody says we need to lower the bitterness, and lower the vitriol and bring Washington and figure out a way to get all of this screaming and yelling, he basically sticks a stick in the eye of many Republicans and says, oh by the way, the people that you’ve been castigating, the people that you don’t trust I’m going to put in these two key positions.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He puts her in a White House position, not a Senate confirmable position. That would have been the more in your face move.
DOWD: No, this is even more in your face, George, I think. It says we’re not even going to let you approve this. We’re going to put them now in charge of an agency as we’ve learned in the last few days..
KRUGMAN: You can also view this–alternatively view this–as saying I will not be bullied. You guys tore this person up for no good reason, and I’m going to show that that doesn’t actually work.
DOWD: Strength comes from trying to actually reach over to the other side of aisle, and trying to get something done.
KRUGMAN: Boy has this guy reached. He’s reached, and reached, and reached, and had all the fingers ripped off of one hand at this point in his life.
Dowd was parroting the worn out Republican talking point that Pres. Obama hasn’t reached across the aisle to the always cooperative Republicans. Judging from the past four years in which the Republicans have rejected any and all ideas promoted by Pres. Obama and his administration, even going as far as to reject and filibuster ideas that they themselves came up with, it is obvious that Republicans are not looking for cooperation from the president, but are cynically obstructing any and all ideas designed to get America out of the Bush Recession.
Now that the American people are finally paying attention to unprecedented GOP obstructionism, Pres. Obama has the political capital to work around them by doing things like naming Ambassador Rice to a White House position when she was forced to resign from consideration for Secretary of State after being smeared by the right-wing media and political establishment.
Of course, assigning her to a White House position is a political move intended to send a message to Congressional Republicans that no matter how hard or how badly they smear any and all qualified political appointees, he means business and will use any powers at his disposal to push his agenda forward with his preferred administrative team.
It’s worth noting that it was Congressional Republicans themselves that forced Pres. Obama to take a more adversarial stance, given their unprecedented obstructionism in every single facet of his presidential agenda.
Krugman’s seemingly obvious stance is actually one of a brave minority in the Washington media establishment; an acknowledgment that the current party dynamics that have brought Washington to a standstill stem from the Republican Party’s blind opposition to anything proposed by the President, no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing and reach across the aisle in the hopes of actually governing America and moving our country forward.
It appears that the mainstream media is fine with pretending that the Republican Party has a legitimately opposing viewpoint and actually intends to govern. Anybody that has been paying attention knows that’s today’s GOP is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America, going to war each day on behalf of multinational corporations and international banks.
It really makes you wonder whether the media is reporting the news or simply parroting well-rehearsed Republican narratives. Either way, they are certainly failing the American people.
Kudos to Paul Krugman for speaking the truth.
Watch the video of the exchange BELOW: