How Much More Public Could Obama’s Break With the Left Be?

As Peter Hart noted earlier, New York Times political reporter Matt Bai has a piece today (12/1/10) critical of Barack Obama for being “loath to publicly disown his base.” Bai writes of Obama: “Since he isn’t willing to break publicly with liberals, independent and conservative voters tend to see him as a tool of the left.”

You know, when your chief of staff refers to progressives as “fucking retarded,” your press secretary denounces the “professional left” and your senior adviser says that such critics are “insane”; when your vice president tells the left to “stop whining” and you yourself urge them to “wake up”–I’d say you’ve broken rather publicly with liberals.

Presumably all this hippie-bashing is mainly done for the benefit of journalists like Matt Bai. It’s a shame he wasn’t paying attention.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.