Our famously even-handed media have long subjected us to the myth of the long-suffering, noble Democrat, too decent a human being to engage the vile, mean-spirited Republican rabble who regularly make angry accusations and engage in dishonest discourse. If only these high-minded Dmocrats had fought back, lament the well-educated pundits reaching for their smelling salts, they would win more elections.
As Eric noted earlier today, the famously dispassionate Maureen Dowd is the latest liberal pundit to count Barack Obama among the number of Democrats who have seen their standing in the polls slip because they just aren’t as mean as their right-wing adversaries. Calling the president “conflict-averse” and fearing that with that Democrat, “there is always the danger of a relapse into the passive, we’re-all-reasonable-people style,” E. J. Dionne shared this view, relishing the emergence of a fighting Obama.
Guess the columnist missed all those group Eric mentioned and hadn’t been listening, say, to the president’s budget speech on April 13 or his debt speech on July 25. He has engaged in some of the most divisive discourse of any U.S. President, even this week on his taxpayer-funded campaign-style swing through the Midwest where he “he fired off his most intense criticism of Congress yet, warning lawmakers they will be defeated if they continue to obstruct his policies.”
Republicans have good reason to “obstruct” those policies. Instead of turning to policies which work to create jobs, the Democrat is returning to those that failed. In Cannon Falls, Minnesota, he indicated that despite the 2010 election and the mounting federal deficit, the “balanced” approach he favors means higher taxes and more government spending:
The point is, is that if we’re willing to do something in a balanced way — making some tough choices in terms of spending cuts, but also raising some revenue from folks who’ve done very well, even in a tough economy — then we can get control of our debt and deficit and we can start still investing in things like education and basic research and infrastructure that are going to make sure that our future is bright.
When an elected Democrat says “invest,” he means have the federal government spend money on his party’s pet projects.
The president’s Magical Mystery Bus Tour has made ever clear two things about this Democrat, the media image notwithstanding, this man prefers partisan barbs to soaring rhetoric. And that his gut solution to economic problems is ever more federal spending.