Gibbs: You know who’s annoying? The liberals whom we desperately need to turn out for us in November

posted at 6:02 pm on August 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

When you work in a building where there’s a pity party raging 24/7, some of it’s bound to bleed over eventually in what you say to the press.

Truth be told, this is the political equivalent of the Jet Blue flight attendant story, isn’t it? The man’s clearly lost his mind, yet his rage is so darned righteous that you can’t help but root for him.

Pop the emergency chute, Gibbsy. Run.

During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”

Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: “They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.”…

Gibbs said the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.

He duly walked back his Kinsleyan gaffe a few hours later, insisting that he spoke “inartfully” because he watches too much cable or whatever. Laying aside the fact that it’s moronic to antagonize your base three months before a major election, a simple question for you: Is he right about lefties never being happy with The One or not? PPP reports today that Obama’s support among liberals has been both very high and very consistent, topping out near 90 percent. (Then again, Gibbs made clear he wasn’t talking about liberals generally, just the ones who make their living whining about politics.) Lefty Chris Bowers counters with an interesting catch, though, in noting that Obama’s approval rating among self-identified liberals in Gallup’s polling over the last few weeks has averaged just 74 percent, a 15-point decline from exit polls on election day 2008 and a far steeper drop than he’s suffered among moderates and conservatives. (Whether it’s fair to compare exit polling in a binary election to a referendum-type metric like approval rating is another question.) I’m not sure why Gibbs is surprised that ideologues of either stripe would grumble about The One, though. Like I said a few weeks ago, Obama’s strategy of governance has been to let Congress lead and accept half a loaf in the interest of passing something, which is a nice way to run up the scoreboard on legislative “achievements” and a lousy way to get hardcore partisans excited about your agenda. They took an $800 billion stimulus and a health-care bill without a public option in lieu of a $3 trillion Krugman blockbuster and a single-payer program because they knew they couldn’t get either of the latter, and now they’re surprised liberals are disappointed. Boo hoo.

Speaking of hardcore ideologues who reside in left-wing fantasyland, Olby’s planning to uncork a special comment at Gibbs tonight. Because if your side’s just been accused of being shrill, unreasonable, and dogmatic, the guy you want taking up the banner on your behalf is clearly the modern-day Murrow. Exit question: Is Obama getting ready to push Gibbsy down the emergency chute? First there was the dust-up with Pelosi when he said the GOP might take back the House, now this. Keith Ellison’s already calling for him to be fired, in fact — and as it turns out, Gibbs missed today’s briefing. Hmmmm.

Update: MKH rounds up amusing if predictable nutroots reaction. Idle thought: Gibbs’s comments would have generated the best JournoList thread evah, huh?


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Gibbs: “Boy, my feet taste nasty.”

portlandon on August 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Speaking of hardcore ideologues who reside in left-wing fantasyland, Olby’s planning to uncork a special comment at Gibbs tonight.

This might actually be worth tuning in for.

irishspy on August 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM

You know who else is annoying? An administration that cares more about appeasing Muslim extremists than the hearts and feelings of the families and friends of 9/11 victims.

We need true leadership that calls a spade a spade and doesn’t mince words. Improving relations with other countries is a great thing, but our interests must always come first. Our president continues to give away more to other countries than we ever get in return.

dnlchisholm on August 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM

“Dang right those hemorrhoids, er far lefties, are annoying, but I need to put this car in “R” right away” –Smartypants

May the gods keep him there for 2 more years.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Gibbs is a moron but even he is aware that these lefties are nuts.

lavell12 on August 10, 2010 at 6:09 PM

You just knew that sooner or later, given all that Gibbs has to speak for – all the ineptitude, the self-pity, the self-loathing, the lies, obfuscations, etc. that he would snap.

catmman on August 10, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The question is whether the activist class Dems will need for GOTV come November are more like libs generally, or the turned-off bloggers and pundits.

Hat tip to KO for elevating this out of the blogosphere and into cable TV. His audience is small, but bigger than the offended blogs. Keep sowing those seeds of discontent, Keef!

Karl on August 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

“What we are seeing, I think, is a group of supremely arrogant people humbled by events. They are turning out to be a good deal more incompetent than they (and many Americans) ever imagined.”

That pretty much sums it up…

Seven Percent Solution on August 10, 2010 at 6:11 PM

They took an $800 billion stimulus and a health-care bill without a public option in lieu of a $3 trillion Krugman blockbuster and a single-payer program because they knew they couldn’t get either of the latter

Which explains why if you look at the results of The Fix’s daily poll, a majority of those responding either think Gibbs was being honest or begrudgingly understand his point.

LastRick on August 10, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Don’t forget the beer before you run…

d1carter on August 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Speaking of Ellison. I wonder what his take on the Ground Zero Mosque is.

Zetterson on August 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

What Obama is whining about is the MSM hasnt rushed in to save his bacon. He is so dependant on our glorious media running interference for him.

He wants more unicorn and rainbow stories about how wonderful he is. Damn all those silly jobs reports that just depressing news to him.

William Amos on August 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

What Obama is whining about is the MSM hasnt rushed in to save his bacon. He is so dependant on our glorious media running interference for him.

He wants more unicorn and rainbow stories about how wonderful he is. Damn all those silly jobs reports that just depressing news to him.

William Amos on August 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I would pay money to watch Baghdad Bob launch his fat ass down a chute and out of the White House.

HornetSting on August 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

the left is only happy viewing its enemies in contempt or in defeat. Hence the use of “Hilarious” or whatever argument the NY Times Op-ed section has on any given day.

rob verdi on August 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM

This is the first step in the great centrist makeover of the won. Of course, none of it is real it is just an attempt to fool the fools who voted for this fool.

Howcome on August 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

The truth hurts.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Titanic sails…………..

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

if your side’s just been accused of being shrill, unreasonable, and dogmatic, the guy you want taking up the banner on your behalf is clearly the modern-day Murrow

It’s like the head of the network telling the Howard Beale fan club to stop their complaining.

And then Howard has to reply.

SteveMG on August 10, 2010 at 6:22 PM

You know who else is annoying? An administration that cares more about appeasing Muslim extremists than the hearts and feelings of the families and friends of 9/11 victims.

I couldn’t agree more – here in Canada we have the same ‘ol crap happening – currently there’s a boatload of Somalis heading to our shores – constantly we are expected to bend over to accommodate them and others – like GZ, no one expects them to bend or even bow to our concerns – always a one-way street – however, the phrase ‘rue the day’ comes to mind, perhaps not in our lifetimes though seeing as we are completely riddles with politically correct scum. . . .

karra on August 10, 2010 at 6:22 PM

The Battle of Britian,crap,The Battle of November
is about to begin!!

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM

For once I agree with Family Guy Gibbs..He is right about the Far Left moonbats!

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM

NOVEMBER
==============

Not Fired Up………….

Not Ready To Go…………………..

The ZombieObamaVoterBot BackLash Insurrection *ebellion
commences in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Titanic sails…………..

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

+ 1..full steam ahead!

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:26 PM

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

Right. Just because he has continued, nay expanded, the worst of GWB’s policies doesn’t make him like Bush! /

Obama’s Change® = LOTS More of the Same borrowing, spending and printing, big government, never-ending bailouts and stimuli, corporatism, assaults on the Constitution, and perpetual war.

I wish more lefties were making the George W. Bush comparison on things like bailouts and spending binges and military surges and WoT detentions and entitlement expansion and Old Europe-tweaking and drug raids and obscenity prosecutions and general bull$hittery. Maybe I’ve just been reading the wrong websites, but I haven’t seen much lefty invocations of a Bush Third Term.

Me too, and me either! I also wish the GOP were making the comparison as well! Alas…

Rae on August 10, 2010 at 6:26 PM

60-plus percent of the ultra-lefties at democraticunderground.com believe Obama is part and parcel of US fascist imperialist ambitions in Central and South America:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×8897994

Mr Snuggle Bunny on August 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Hello, my name is Baghdad Bob Gibbs, and the economy is doing splendidly, thank you. Government coffers are awash in tax dollars as MILLIONS of formerly unemployed go back to work. Trust me!

GarandFan on August 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Oh praise be,Obama,oh great Hope and Change,
what have you done for us lately!!
=================================================

Janet Jackson – What have you done for me lately

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEsrdzIe-_g

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

The man’s clearly lost his mind

Oh, please, AP. He never had a “mind” to lose.

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Titanic sails…………..

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM
+ 1..full steam ahead!

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Dire Straits: Ya,the MSM would accuse the Republicans
of towing the iceberg,in front of Hopey,haha!

Ramming speed!:)

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

OT: Rand Paul is starting to make sense..

PS..Sorry if this has already been posted.

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

“What we are seeing, I think, is a group of supremely arrogant people humbled by events. They are turning out to be a good deal more incompetent than they (and many Americans) ever imagined.”

Seven Percent Solution on August 10, 2010 at 6:11 PM

QOD!

INC on August 10, 2010 at 6:38 PM

The truth hurts when it hits you between the eyes.. :)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:38 PM

The man’s clearly lost his mind, yet his rage is so darned righteous that you can’t help but root for him.

Really? He is helping to perpetrate a fraud of an administration on the American people and you want us to root for the guy? Huh?

Beaglemom on August 10, 2010 at 6:39 PM

The first honest thing this spokes-hole has said since election day.

abobo on August 10, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Of course they wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president, he’s far more conservative than Dear Leader.

ncborn on August 10, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Websters definition:

Gibbsism: getting to the bottom of a hole, and digging FASTER.

Keep talking old boy………..

RealMc on August 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I say Bammie is to the LEFT of Dennis Kucinich.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Trotsky vs. Lenin. It’s on.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 10, 2010 at 6:50 PM

xit question: Is Obama getting ready to push Gibbsy down the emergency chute?

We cannot let this happen, the man is a national treasure!……… Damn it, think of the content we`d be missing here!

ThePrez on August 10, 2010 at 6:52 PM

OT: Rand Paul is starting to make sense..

PS..Sorry if this has already been posted.

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Dire Straits:Interesting!!:)
===============================
I choose to use a different phrase to describe my beliefs — I consider myself a constitutional conservative
–Rand Paul

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Pop the emergency chute, Gibbsy. Run.

heh

perfect

cmsinaz on August 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM

exit question: no way, he won’t change course now
he’s doubling down on EVERYTHING…

cmsinaz on August 10, 2010 at 6:55 PM

He IS right, at least as far as the hardcore lefties / nutroots are concerned. I’ve argued with more than a few, who feel that Obama is a sellout to the moderates or even the right-wing.

But, of course, this is because they lament he’s not a full-on socialist / quasi-Marxist, lime they want him to be. Lime they are.

Vyce on August 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM

That’s it! I’m done! F— you all!”

The Ugly American on August 10, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Fort Myers Lady to Baghdad Bob Gibbs: You mean Obama ain’t gonna pay my mortgage? What am I gonna DO???

Gibbs: Well, you can vote for my friend Charlie Crist!

Steve Z on August 10, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Great headline, AP!

FloatingRock on August 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Very interesting read..Canopfor..:)

PS.. Let’s just hope Rand does not start with 9-11 was an inside job! ..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Sorry, Gibbsy… I refuse to be a gift bag at your pity party…
Getting ready for NO-vember 2nd!!

Khun Joe on August 10, 2010 at 7:10 PM

What Beltway Bob is really saying is that being cheerleader coach for Obama is turning out to be really hard work, and it doesn’t help if the team isn’t falling in line 100% in reciting the cheers when instructed. He’s pretty much required to put out inaccurate, misleading answers to questions about a wide variety of topics, and it would help out if the other cheerleaders would get behind the coach and repeat his lines without question.

The team is questioning which cheer to use at which time, and even if some should be used at all! The coach doesn’t stand for that! You follow the script or risk getting kicked off the team.

stldave on August 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Gibbs said the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.

Yes, but most of those people are abandoning Soetoro the Storyteller in droves.

Ricohoc on August 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM
==================================
Very interesting read..Canopfor..:)

PS.. Let’s just hope Rand does not start with 9-11 was an inside job! ..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Dire Straits:Yup,ugh, not the inside job thingy!!:)

canopfor on August 10, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Pop the emergency chute, Gibbsy. Run.

He’s already grabbed the beers from the cart.

malclave on August 10, 2010 at 8:10 PM

The team is questioning which cheer to use at which time, and even if some should be used at all! The coach doesn’t stand for that! You follow the script or risk getting kicked off the team.

stldave on August 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Democrats cheerleading for Team O

txhsmom on August 10, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Well, you know Andrew Breit-BART posted an edited version of the tape to make it look like Gibbs was saying the opposite of what he meant.

And damn Fox news for running the story and getting him fired.

azkag on August 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Truth be told, this is the political equivalent of the Jet Blue flight attendant story, isn’t it?

Yes, but completely off in the degree. To make that comparable, you’d need it to be the spokesman of Jet Blue cussing out all potential passengers, and I get the impression that most of the passengers on that flight weren’t even that offended.

So, in the sense that Gibbs is somewhat understandably angry, sure, kinda, but not in much else. And considering that Obama still gets insane praise from the media and Left, it still sounds a bit thin skinned. Gibbs wouldn’t have lasted one day as Bush’s press secretary.

Esthier on August 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I call BS on all of this. The campaign season has begun, people.

The WH is staging this ‘tiff’ with the far left to draw as many moderates stupid enough to fall for it back into the fold & help them pull the lever for Dems in the upcoming election.

Any time either party gets in trouble with the voters for overreaching, they tack back to the center during the campaign & make a big show of publicly drawing a sharp line in the sand between themselves & their respective immoderate bases to appease the pissed off mods & indies.

Oldest trick in the book.

After the election, the left & this WH be all kissy face again, mark my words.

leilani on August 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

I think Dennis “the Spinach” Kucinich is well to the right of the Kenyan Comrade Chairman.

Dave R. on August 10, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I have never understood what Øbama sees in the Pillsbury Spokesboy. I would have bet big stakes he would have been fired long ago. To any normal person, he’d be a total embarrassment.

petefrt on August 10, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I call BS on all of this. The campaign season has begun, people.

The WH is staging this ‘tiff’ with the far left to draw as many moderates stupid enough to fall for it back into the fold & help them pull the lever for Dems in the upcoming election.

Any time either party gets in trouble with the voters for overreaching, they tack back to the center during the campaign & make a big show of publicly drawing a sharp line in the sand between themselves & their respective immoderate bases to appease the pissed off mods & indies.

Oldest trick in the book.

After the election, the left & this WH be all kissy face again, mark my words.

leilani on August 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Dittos. Bump.

petefrt on August 10, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Laying aside the fact that it’s moronic to antagonize your base three months before a major election, a simple question for you: Is he right about lefties never being happy with The One or not?

Name 5 happy Leftists and see what they have in common…

Ok you can’t do that so name ONE happy Leftist.

Jeez that gets hard, doesn’t it? Even Colmes isn’t happy these days, and he has always been dependable Mr. Leftysunshineoutmybutt.

Leftists are NEVER happy because their PROGRESS hasn’t stopped mankind in its tracks yet. Not only do they keep on trying but they are very, very trying and tiresome.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Really? He is helping to perpetrate a fraud of an administration on the American people and you want us to root for the guy? Huh?

Beaglemom on August 10, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’m with you. No sympathy for the devil.

Gang-of-One on August 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Even Colmes isn’t happy these days, and he has always been dependable Mr. Leftysunshineoutmybutt.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM

I think the more worried Colmes is, the faster he talks and tonight on Fox News he was just going like that guy that reads the fine print on TV ads. Hannity just blew him off.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I call BS on all of this. The campaign season has begun, people.

The WH is staging this ‘tiff’ with the far left to draw as many moderates stupid enough to fall for it back into the fold & help them pull the lever for Dems in the upcoming election.

Any time either party gets in trouble with the voters for overreaching, they tack back to the center during the campaign & make a big show of publicly drawing a sharp line in the sand between themselves & their respective immoderate bases to appease the pissed off mods & indies.

Oldest trick in the book.

After the election, the left & this WH be all kissy face again, mark my words.

leilani on August 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Bingo. I really hope nobody is naive enough to fall for this little act by Gibbs.

Obama and Co. are secure in the knowledge that they can slap around the base/far left to try to make a show of things, with no danger of getting slapped back.

Yeah, Like your average Indymedia acolyte/Kos reader/Suburu-with-20-lefty-bumper-stickers type of person isn’t going to vote Democrat in November.

Please.

“Oh look we must be moderates because Kos is criticizing us. He is….really”

Yeah, right.

The one encouraging thing is….it shows how scared they are. A year ago the idea being implied/softly pushed was that the aforementioned “Indymedia acolyte/Kos reader/Suburu-with-20-lefty-bumper-stickers type of person” was the coming thing, the harbinger of a new lefty majority.

A form of Pauline Kael disease that infected the Democratic Party and their media minions

I guess they’ve finally been disabused of that silly notion.

Reality has never been a very popular concept with the left.

So, expect to see this little Gibbsy meme picked up by various media outlets soon (the usual suspects).

Dreadnought on August 11, 2010 at 1:21 AM

The man’s clearly lost his mind, yet his rage is so darned righteous that you can’t help but root for him.

I can help it.

Cylor on August 11, 2010 at 2:53 AM

When I first read the article, I thought is said pit party, and I’m thinking to myself, “What is a pit party? Some kind of mosh/rave thing in the basement?”

Voyager on August 11, 2010 at 3:59 AM

jpurnOlistas everywhere are dying to get a crack at this.

Truth is strange. Seems like the regime is cracking from the top. I guess the fact that selling 1840′s Marxism is hard after-all — talk about pushing old defunct crap…

tarpon on August 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM

@Dreadnought on August 11, 2010 at 1:21 AM:

Exactly. It’s pure stagecraft carefully contrived for the consumption of gullible moderate voters right before an election. The WH & their Dem flunkies on the Hill are saying to the mushy middle without whose support they could not have won last time: “See? We’re really centrist like we promised you last election. The far left hates us. Don’t look at our wholesale takeover of multiple private industries, disregard our quadrupling the debt, the ballooning unemployment resulting from our disastrous economic policies! Avert your eyes from the sight of us blowing eleventy gazillion in stimulus funds no-one can account for over the last 2 years! If these extremist wackos on our own side are upset with us & say they don’t trust us, why, obviously we must be as moderate & reasonable & fiscally responsible as you are!”

And you’re damn right they’re scared. I suspect the WH’s extensive internal polling (which doesn’t have to be as politically correct as those polls designed for public consumption) has detected some serious erosion far deeper than anyone else knows. Which is why they had POTUS hightail it over to The View to hastily try & shore up support with a core female demographic he should still own lock, stock & barrel.

leilani on August 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM