The president enjoined his court jesters in journalistic dispensation with The New Republic, and ‘made it clear,’ in his own charmingly regal way, that the dissent of a lone cable network and the paleotechnic bastion of AM talk radio were impediments to the Republican Party’s good graces in his Washingtonian court.
The president intoned to his media scribes:
…I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive…
So I don’t think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to get something done. I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground. One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.
After all, the Democrat Party merely wants to offer its good friends in the GOP sound political advice, as Rush Limbaugh himself pointed out on his radio show. Pay no heed to the president’s adviser David Plouffe mentioning in the inaugural interregnum that it is one of the president’s goals to split the Republican Party and effectively destroy it in his second term.
It would be unimaginable in past administrations to single out citizens and blame them for the president’s inability to reach compromise with legitimate political opposition. But such is the age of the Alinsky community organizer, who calls out enemies by name, and smears them until there is complete capitulation. Under Barack Obama, the presidency has truly become the bully pulpit.