Ed Rogers has a cute post over at WaPo recalling his days in the White House when things got rough:
I’d like to shout out to the beleaguered souls working in the Obama White House and on the president’s reelection campaign today. I remember being in similar positions when things weren’t going well. When things are going well, you’re often reminded how smart you are. When things are going badly, you get a lot of advice and point-blank criticism of everything you do. One myth that persists is that people in the White House aren’t told bad news because people want to curry favor. But the fact is, because people think that, many of your allies flatter themselves by thinking, “I’m the one person who will call over there and tell so-and-so the truth.” Well, I had a couple of tours as that so-and-so. You get countless phone calls from people telling you the bad news, each one thinking that you must not be hearing it from anywhere else. The callers take great pride in being the brave and committed souls who are not afraid to call you and tell you how bad it really is.
Yes, pity the poor White House. Sad, crying. Sad crying.
So today, if you’re thinking that obviously no one is telling the Obama hierarchy the truth, and you’re the only one who has the guts to call and tell them, trust me, they’ve already heard from dozens who think just like you do. Put down the phone, take a deep breath, and then reach out to somebody at the White House or the Obama campaign and give them a pat on the back.
Yea, ummmm… no. It might have been possible to quietly accept President Obama’s utter failure had he and his supporters not rubbed their smug arrogance in my face for the last three years as they told me to shut up because I was too stupid to understand Obama’s greatness and the only reason I could object to his wisdom is racism.
So what happens when you push good and reasonable people too far? What happens when people start to really notice the amazing disparity in the double standard?
“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” – Hillary Clinton (2003)
Yea, good times.
But today? You wingnut racists should give Barry a break because he doesn’t need you radicals to remind him that things aren’t going so well.
Yea, about that… Some guy named Breitbart once said (emphasis mine):
Everything has changed. Everything has changed in the last few years. Conservatives used to take it and we’re not taking it anymore.
And more to my point:
we’re going to listen to every word that comes out of your mouth and we’re going to hold you to the same standard that you hold us, which is an impossible one. And you’re going to have a hell of a time in 2012, because America has finally awoken to your Saul Alinsky bullshit tactics and we’re coming to get you.