Led by the shrieking chorus of Obama Derangement Syndrome on the Right, and giving it little or no thought, the so-called liberal commentators have joined in the irrational castigation of President Obama over the Affordable Health Care Act web page. It is as though Obama himself personally created the page with all its flaws, and is responsible for every glitch. Anyone from the political left who asks for a pause is attacked just as fiercely, as we saw this past week when the presumably-liberal press turned on Joan Walsh of Salon.com. It was hard to take the level of sexism and hostility that was directed at her because she simply asked that we might want to keep a sense of proportion over the rollout of Obamacare.
I make an exception for Karen Finney, who hosts a weekend program called Disrupt for MSNBC. She has kept her head rather well, and she continually strives to confine her discussions to facts. However, Finney is not primarily a journalist; she is someone who has worked in electoral politics and knows what goes on behind closed doors.
We use the phrase frequently: a black man has to be twice as good to get half the credit. But in the case of President Obama, this is not true. He has to be perfect as far as the liberal pundits are concerned, and even then we see them dump on him over and over again.
For the Right, there is nothing that Obama can do that will induce them to even come to their senses for an instant or two. This past week we saw hints in the media of Republican congressmen who opined that they couldn't stand to be in the same room with him, or to be within ten feet of him. The remarks were denied, but there was a little bit of videotape available to verify that such sentiments are not considered bad taste on the political right; indeed, they are required.
Obama can do no good, nor can he expect to receive even civil treatment from the representatives of the Bible Belt, those people who call themselves Christians and teach hatred as one of the tenets of their faith. I got used to them during the Clinton Administration, and learned where the "mute" button is on my television remote control some years ago. But I am truly disappointed to see today's political left pretend that they are being "rigorous" with the president when in reality it looks to me like their real feeling is that the African-American President simply does not merit the same respect and courtesy as a white man. They are just fine until he displeases them, and then all their guns go off at the same time, on all the shows, in all their Internet outlets.
The most common compliment that I hear from the Left is that Obama is "a great orator." Well, he is; how nice for him. But I don't hear them stick up for the man when there has been no attempt to out the paid trolls who post lies, call talk show hosts with lies, and are undoubtedly doing their technical best to take down the AHCA web page. It is the outliers, like Randi Rhodes on her radio show (that I have to stream online because it isn’t carried in Tucson) who points out the paid Internet hacks and the full-steam-ahead lies. I have heard nary a peep out of the MSNBC lineup about giving the Obama team a break for struggling against huge odds to get the thing up and running. Who has mentioned that thousands of people trying to get on the web page at the same time will freeze the servers? Who has talked about hacking? What we get is Ezra Klein, looking very pleased with himself as he scolds the Administration about their shoddy work. It looks to me like President Obama has to be perfect for the Left, and then he gets 75% criticism and occasional remarks that he is "a great orator." Thanks very much, but why is it, exactly, that the political Left can't get behind their President? Couldn't be racism, could it?
I think it is, not as virulent and disabling on the Left, but it is there in the demands that Obama never make a mistake, and the constant rolling of video clips of various right-wing figures criticizing him. Another thing I don't understand is why liberal television runs constant coverage of former Vice President Dick Cheney running off at the mouth as though he were an elder statesman. Is it a matter of filling up time that they have to run a string of sound bytes every single program? If I wanted to watch Fox News, I would.
And then there is Jon Stewart. I change the channel away from Comedy Central much more often than I used to, because Stewart, whose comedy style is preadolescent as it is, seems to think that ridiculing the President and his Cabinet members over Obamacare is telling and sophisticated. Actually I find it annoying. I am missing Stephen Colbert as well, more often than I used to, because there are more nights than usual when I cannot stand Stewart with his infantile humor and toilet mouth. I sincerely hope that the Left runs out of commentary about Obamacare before I run out of patience with their juvenile and petty hostility towards the President. Of course if they do, they will probably continue running clips from the right-wing media anyway, but by that time I will no longer be watching; just waiting for the election of 2014.