02 February 2010

Toxic Advice

It's pretty disgusting when conservatives pull this maneuver.  It's mentioned in this Democratic Strategist article about Peggy Noonan's latest column, noting that the trick is "designed to attack what he is doing while professing sympathy for his challenges."

Noonan's column bears out the criticism, as she offers with regards to Obama's plan:
"'The New Foundation' is solid and workmanlike, but it attempts to put form and order to a governing philosophy that is still too herky-jerky to be summed up."
And she snuck in an anonymous friend of hers doing the same, declaring,
"To heal our country we need to get the arrogance out of the White House and the elitists out of the Congress. We need tough love. We need a real adult in the White House because we don't have adults in the Congress."
This type of toxic advice is frequently found in the pages of Politico these days, an institution that has been notable for becoming worthless the exact moment when it entered the mainstream (when Obama gave them a chair in the press room). I hate it the pretension of it, with someone giving advice that clearly opposes everything the advisee intends or believes.

If Obama really wants to pass health care reform, then he should have the good sense to give up on Washington and its endless bureaucracy, and instead cut off his toes with bolt-cutters. That's the only way we'll ever see real change.

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