Digby watches TeeVee:
On the Stephanopoulos bobble head roundtable this morning, Cokie Roberts raised the baton and started the drumbeat: the Democrats risk moving waaaaay too far to the left and that is going to be a biiiiig problem for them "just like it was in Vietnam." Yes, she said it out loud. And David Gergen agreed whole heartedly.
Does anyone recall these gasbags saying that Bush was moving so far to the right with his monarchic, fundamentalist, shock and awe presidency that it was going to be a biiiig problem for them? I must have missed all those warnings. Now that he's at 28% and the conservatives are on the run after having proven that there really is a limit to how far the crazed radical wingnuts can go, they are still warning about the Democrats moving too far to the left. These people have not had an original thought in 40 years.
Gergen, meanwhile said that the people yearn for a strong sensible president that isn't reckless like this president is. Again, I don't remember a lot of bloviators warning the American people about how "reckless" Bush was being. In fact, they were cheering him on for being "bold" and "resolute". So, now we want a "sensible" "serious" president, who will, presumably, be just as "sensible" and "serious" as they told us Bush and the grown-ups were until the moment he finally hit a threshold of unpopularity that even they couldn't ignore. Indeed, whomever they approve is always appropriately "sensible" as compared to the dirty hippie he's running against.
It is interesting, isn't it? These two are supposed to be museum-quality exemplars of what "centrists" are, not to mention Well-Informed and Deeply Serious political prognosticators. And yet the only red flags they have in their toolkit are warnings for Democrats.
All those years of Christian nation this, crusade that, Rapture the other thing. Firing generals. Wiretapping. Whatever. And not a peep about the Republicans venturing into such dangerous territory that they just had to have the benefit of political advice from Cokie Roberts and David Gergen.
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