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Watch: Keith Olbermann on Gibbs Slam of the 'Professional Left'


In a Special Comment last night, Keith Olbermann went after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' extraordinarily stupid remarks criticizing the "professional left."

"We are not just another version of the Right. We think over here. And we fight for what we believe in."

David Mixner also has an excellent post up on Gibbs as well:

"When an outburst like this episode occurs, it has been my experience it is not an isolated voice in the wilderness. My very educated guess after all these years in politics is that Gibbs' sentiments are exactly what have been privately repeated among Obama staff within the White House: That the problem is not differences in policies, great disappointment with the President or desire to get more done while we had while margins in both Houses of Congress. Instead it is those damn liberals no one can please - no matter what you do, they still bitch. It is those people who cling to the fringe of the left who have caused the President all his problem...

...Public Option was not a fringe issue. The desire for human rights and freedom for the American LGBT community is clearly rooted in the Constitution of the United States. Wanting our young not to die in useless foreign wars does appear to me to be radical. Not wanting 14% of America's children to go to bed hungry at night seems like a reasonable expectation. And yes, waking up in the morning and knowing you have the dignity of a job is essential for the soul of America. These issues are not fringe, not left and not unreasonable."


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  1. Never did I think I would defend Robert Gibbs, the worst presidential spokesman since Ron Ziegler, but here goes. He is exactly right about the fringe, chattering left who have re-branded the term liberal into "progressive".

    There's never enough, and they don't get that this is a center-right country. They are as bad as the Michele Bachmanns and Glenn Becks of the world. Everything is black or white, good or evil, etc. There's no thought to compromise, political logistics, and the big picture.

    I can see why he's frustrated. He's still an idiot, though.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Aug 11, 2010 10:59:08 AM

  2. Mixer and Olbermann are both right on target. The White House needs to wake up before it's too late and get out of their group think funk. Trying to make the republicans happy isn't going to get the Democrats re-elected. The republicans WANT the democrats to fail and are most likely ecstatic that those in power don't get it.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2010 11:00:34 AM

  3. I'm so attracted to Mr. Olbermann right now ...
    It's a shame the right is incorrect when they say we can turn heteros homo.

    Posted by: Rodney | Aug 11, 2010 11:06:08 AM

  4. Sigh. This is not a center right country. Saying it is doesn't make it so. Nor do issues cleanly divide between left and right. It is precisely that kind of facile lack of analysis that explains some of this administrations missteps.

    Obama ran a left of center campaign, and won handily. He has selected poor advisers who aren't serving him well.

    Posted by: BCLance | Aug 11, 2010 11:15:02 AM

  5. I've been saying what Gibss said from the very beginning....
    I just didn't get to coin the phrase "professional left". Mixner and that crowd are just as bad as Bachmann and her ilk. I have no interest in the white-guilt liberals taking over this country and trying to ram their "it's all relative" bs down the throats of everyone else. Left of center is dead on.

    Posted by: Marty | Aug 11, 2010 12:36:44 PM

  6. And he's governing center left Blance. He's called a socialist, marxist, and communist from the right and then the far left is never satisfied even though he's gotten a lot accomplished in the year and half he's been in office. Politics is the art of the possible. No legislation comes without compromise.

    The votes from the big tent Democratic party just aren't there for the most progressive things that we all want. Senators Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson, Lincoln; as well as the Democrats in the house from more conservative districts that normally vote Republican. This is why we didn't get a public option.

    He got ZERO Republican votes on healthcare and financial reform, they think its a march towards socialism. I really don't think they are trying to appease republicans at this point its the conservative democrats that can't vote for far left legislation they have to look out for.

    So the White House's frustration is very understandable...

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 11, 2010 12:44:34 PM

  7. Yeah, Brian. But, it's not the Progressives that are blocking this legislative agenda. It's, by your own admission, conservative Democrats and Republicans.
    What Gibbs did is analogous to a quarterback saying he doesn't want his runningback's input to beat the other team.

    Posted by: Rodney | Aug 11, 2010 12:51:43 PM

  8. @LINCOLNLOUNGER Typical of a GOProud girl: you missed the point completely. Plus, you need to get out more. This country is center-left and if you need proof of that, then you might want to listen to the tea-bagheads when they gripe about government spending and then scream "BUT DON'T TOUCH MY SOCIAL SECURITY OR MY MEDICARE!"

    It is only because of the constant onslaught of the reich-wing propaganda machine (Faux News, shout radio et al) that some Americans (the distinct minority--they're called republicons) actually believe that there is such a thing as "center-right" in this country.

    There isn't.

    For the record, I am a life-long Democrat and a proud, fighting LIBERAL who never went for the "progressive" re-branding. I was a Liberal 40 years ago; I am still a Liberal today.

    And, as Keith Olbermann says, it's not a "lock-step, palm-down arm-up salute" thing; I think Obama's original agenda got side-swiped by Fancy Nancy Pelosi and Harry "Dotter" Reid.

    Obama has disappointed and this recent White House-approved dig by Gibbs makes the situation even worse.

    To blame the Liberals, "professional" or not, for the road blocks Obama has encountered since his inauguration in Jan. 2009 is the height of arrogance. The Left is NOT the problem. The reich-wing and its minions are.

    If you're frustrated Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Obama, look no further than "across the aisle". One gets the feeling that Obama is a "closet conservative" and is looking for any excuse to walk away from the grassroots (aka Liberals) who voted for and put him in the White House.

    If that's your attitude Mr. President, then I have a suggestion for you:

    KISS MY LIBERAL ASS! And, oh, I think I'll sit 2012 out.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 11, 2010 12:58:25 PM

  9. Hilary for President!

    Posted by: Rodney | Aug 11, 2010 1:52:08 PM

  10. When you insult, alienate and ignore your VOTING base, your VOTING base will ignore you in the polls.

    The days of voting for someone just because he or she has a "D" next to their name, are OVAH!

    Bring back the real Democrats (PROGRESSIVE and LIBERAL)and get rid of the Blue Dogs and others who have infiltrated OUR party!

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 11, 2010 8:22:10 PM

  11. @ Rodney keep dreaming faggot she would have done our community the same!

    Posted by: Miss JuJu BeBe | Aug 12, 2010 7:49:15 AM

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