My jaw dropped this morning when I heard MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell react to President Obama’s remarks about the debt ceiling
fiasco negotiations, when she referred to the segment starting at about 4:20.
President Obama’s message was clearly compromise, compromise, compromise. “The time for putting party first is over,” he said, along with this:
“So please, to all the American people, keep it up. If you want to see a bipartisan compromise, a bill that can pass both Houses of Congress, and that I can sign, let your members of Congress know. Make a phone call, send an email, tweet, keep the pressure on Washington.”
Mitchell singled that part of his statement out as a sort of backtrack, opining with some surprise that the president started out strong but suddenly went all partisan on us. Exactly how did he do that, Andrea? By encouraging all Americans to communicate their feelings to their elected representatives, by using their voices?
Since he didn’t limit his suggestion to only Democrats, and because he emphasized “bipartisan compromise,” I cannot fathom why Mitchell would see this as pushing partisanship.
Or maybe life in Washington just hasn’t been crazy enough for her and she felt oddly compelled to stir things up in order to generate a few ratings points.
Or maybe she simply had nothing of worth to say, needed to fill time, and came out with utter nonsense.
There it is again, folks, your “librul media” at work.