Remember how, during (to borrow the president’s favorite expression) “the past eight years,” Democrats and the media constantly carped about then-President Bush’s “divisive’ tactics.Â Despite the constant repetition of this mantra, they’d be hard pressed to come up with any Bush Administration official who in that Republican’s two terms, so regularly and publicly trashed critics as current White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has gone after Obama Administration critics in the past two weeks.
Earlier this week, Gibbs used a line more appropriate for a partisan blogger or talk show host than for a White House Press Secretary:Â â€œI was a little surprised [at] the speed with which Mr. Steele, the head of the RNC, apologized to the head of the Republican Party.”
I thought the job of the President’s Press Secretary was to promote Administration policies rather than atempt to define the leadership of the opposing party, particularly when that definition serves as a means of discrediting the opposition.Â Isn’t his job to counter the arguments made by the opposition rather than attack the messenger articulating them?
It’s one thing to take issue with your critics’ arguments, it’s quite another to attack those critics personally.Â It’s unbecoming of a Chief Executive and his Press Secretary.Â Â These are more the tactics of a campaign aide going after a political rival than an Administrative Spokesman promoting his boss’s agenda.
No wonder some wise pundits are wondering whether or not the President The Great Divider.