A September 29 Politico story identified liberal bloggers as the “professional left” President Obama, VP Joe Biden, White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel, and WH spokesman Robert Gibbs have been complaining are kneecapping Obama and his agenda by their constant complaints.
Politico linked to a September 27 post by liberal blogger Peter Daou entitled, “How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency.”
“The essence of their critique is that the WH lacks a moral compass,” wrote Daou.
We could have told them that. A man who supports partial-birth abortion and allowing abortion survivors to die has no moral compass. But since liberals have that same amoral compass they, of course, wouldn’t see that.
One evidence of a missing moral compass in the mind of liberals is, according to Daou, that “the Obama administration appeared to collude with BP to bury the Gulf spill, squandering a historic opportunity to reverse the anti-green tide… a moment of truth for environmentalists.”
Even more egregious to them is Obama’s authorization of the assassination of US-born citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi, a suspected terrorist now believed to be hiding in Yemen, without a trial. Daou quotes a commenter:
Obama’s extraordinary claim he has the power to order the assassination of any American, anytime, and anywhere puts him on a par with King George III, Ivan the Terrible, and other tyrants throughout history that held the power of life and death over their subjects.
Obama has set himself above the Constitution, as an American Barrack The Terrible, with the power to detain us indefinitely, torture us, and assassinate us at his will.
Obama is not like Bush, he is far worse: he is a tyrant and a threat to the American people.
I find the aforementioned terribly fascinating, even if slightly off topic. But it all leads to a germane point for social conservatives, which is, as Daou wrote:
[I]t’s the merging of left-right opinion that is so damaging to Obama. In other words, Obama could sustain relentless attacks from the right, it’s what everyone expects, but when the left joins in, the bottom drops out. That’s why opinion-shapers in the liberal blogosphere exert inordinate influence over Obama’s fortunes. And from the growing alarm at the WH, it’s clear they know it….
The single biggest reason Obama’s hope bubble burst is because of the unintended convergence of left and right opinion-making. The cauldron of opinion that churns incessantly on blogs, Twitter, social networks, and in the elite media generates the storylines that filter across the national and local press, providing the fodder for public opinion. Stalwarts of the left, dedicated to principles not personalities, hammered the administration; couple that with the partisan criticisms from conservatives and libertarians, and the net effect was to alter conventional wisdom and undercut Obama’s image and message.
Add to that the Tea Party, a conservative movement Obama and the Left can take full credit for creating by forcing their liberal agenda down the center-right American throat, which is simultaneously…
- correcting the Left-veering Republican ship
- getting conservative candidates elected
- ousting so-called “moderate” and liberal politicians
… and you have a Democrat/liberal Three Mile Island.
Included in the meltdown is liberal feminism and abortion. Daou gave 16 examples in a September 1 piece entitled, “The demise of the left and the new (un)reality: a center-right America,” which are all worth reading, but I’ll just post those of interest to pro-lifers:
Let’s face it, these are dark days for the left. As we barrel toward the November elections and an almost certain triumph for the GOP, we are losing the national debate and making giant strides backward on key issues. It’s the new (un)reality…
- Feminism is being redefined and repossessed by anti-feminists.
- Women are facing an all-out assault on choice.
Pro-lifers may complain the Tea and Republican Parties aren’t placing enough emphasis on the Life issue. But apparently it is being brought along as part of the center-right tsunami.
This may or may not be a window of opportunity that closes. But we should treat this moment in time as such and push ever harder. We are in a very real war to save the lives of innocent babies and need to quickly develop a surge mentality.
One other point to reiterate that I made last week: Keep blogging and keep commenting. Obviously we’re making a difference.
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