Zombie may have inadvertently started a new trend with this one: flowchart blogging! In any case, don’t miss it.
Although Zombie might want to revise the costs upward — there is only one teleprompter listed, and the president almost always works with two, to keep that robotic LOOK LEFT — NOW LOOK RIGHT; LOOK LEFT — NOW LOOK RIGHT head motion going throughout his speech, if not in his unidirectional worldview.
Related: Jennifer Rubin on Robert Gibbs: “The Perfect Obami Mouthpiece”
Gibbs’ snide demeanor and sneering attitude toward both the news corps and critics don’t aid the president. But again, let’s be clear: Obama hired Gibbs, likes Gibbs, and keeps Gibbs there. According to TV news reports this morning, the president did not rebuke Gibbs after the anti-Palin stunt. Of course he didn’t. The experiment here is not Gibbs but the phony, insincere bipartisanship.Even mainstream news outlets are on to the hollowness of the new Obama bipartisan gambit. CBS reports:
Mr. Obama said he “won’t hesitate to embrace a good idea from my friends in the minority party.” But he wants his way. He wants his energy policy enacted along with his jobs bill, his financial regulatory reform and his health care plan.And if the opposition continues to block his objectives, he said he “won’t hesitate to condemn what I consider to be obstinacy that’s rooted not in substantive disagreement but in political expedience.”
When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its “obstinacy” and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his.
So it is not Gibbs who is in danger of losing his job. He gives voice to the inner sneer of the Obama White House, the low regard in which it holds all opponents. Only David Letterman could better embody the prevailing attitude: “Aren’t we cool, and aren’t they all dopes out there?” Yes, Gibbs does give away the game from time to time, but the Obami can’t restrain themselves. They have their perfect spokesman. He’s not going anywhere, unless he gets a promotion as a reward for his year of showing us precisely what the Obami think of themselves and the rest of us.
While Obama can always upgrade the ‘prompter technology in Zombie’s flowchart, even if he replaces Gibbs, how significant a change will that upgrade be?