During the Bush 43 administration, leading lights on the left arrogantly christened themselves “the reality based community.”
Many of the same people who claimed at the time to base their assertions and beliefs “more on observation than on faith, assumption, or ideology” have hysterically concocted reasons why HealthCare.gov, surely in size and scope the most disastrously incompetent website rollout ever, cannot possibly be more than partially the Obama administration’s fault. Other nefarious people and shadowy forces, particularly Republicans and conservatives, who in reality “didn’t cast a single vote in favor of the ACA and had no control over its 42-month rollout,” somehow deserve the lion’s share of the blame.
On Thursday, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein promulgated perhaps the longest list of ways Republicans did “everything possible to sabotage” Obamacare. He considers them hypocrites for criticizing the HealthCare.gov debacle, and believes that “their plan to undermine the law worked too well.”
As he blathers on about this non-existent conspiracy, one thing about which Klein can claim legitimate expertise is in orchestrating one.
In 2008, he founded Journolist, a private and intensely secretive Google Groups forum of 400 left-leaning journalists he coordinated from his blog perches, first at the far-left American Prospect and then, beginning in May 2009, at the Post.
In April 2008, Journolist participants were infuriated with reasonable questions raised by Hillary Clinton herself, as well as ABC’s Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, at a presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mrs. Clinton about the degree of Obama’s philosophical kinship with his longtime pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright. In reaction, making it appear as if they had each spontaneously developed a case of instant outrage, they drafted an open letter calling the debate “a revolting descent into tabloid journalism and a gross disservice to Americans concerned about the great issues facing the nation and the world.”