by Benjamin J. Kirby
Maybe more than I should be, but I am.
Yes, I know it is in vogue to criticize the mainstream media for not doing what they should be doing, for not often asking hard questions. There is validity to this, to be sure.
But there is an order to things, and when it comes to the President giving remarks on immigration policy -- on anything, really -- we owe it to the democratically-elected leaders to hear them out.
This guy -- Daily Caller "reporter" Neil Munro -- was just making an ass out of himself.
Someone told me that I probably shouldn't blog about this guy, that it'll just give him more of the attention he deserves. But i'm with Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times on this one: talking about it is important.
Frankly, I'm not so sure this is a win for Munro, or Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller, or the whatever nonsense conservative agenda they're trying to push. The point President Obama was trying to make in his earlier speech on the economy which so frustrated Dana Milbank (that bothered John Cole in that link above) was that Republicans have been obstructing his jobs plan.
Nothing in Obama’s speech came close to a proposal to fix the debt problem; he dealt with that only at the end of the speech — largely by complaining about Republicans’ refusal to consider higher taxes on the wealthy.
Obama alleged, correctly, that Republicans’ refusal to countenance tax increases scuttled the Bowles-Simpson plan and the Senate’s Gang of Six plan. He argued, also correctly, that Republicans’ refusal to budge on taxes is “the biggest source of gridlock in Washington today.” He’s on solid ground, too, in saying Republicans would end Medicare as we know it.
(By the way, only a guy as obtuse as Milbank could write an entire article detailing the Obama Plan and then argue in the same article that Obama doesn't have a plan.)
I hope this Munro guy gets more Twitter followers, or raises his Klout score, or the Daily Caller gets more hits, or whatever their goal really was. They'd better hope for it, actually, because in reality, all they've really done is make the President's case for him.