Tom Elia of the New Editor spots this howler. It’s in the New York Times so it must might be true. Bolding by Elia:
The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic, typical of an emerging generation that sees all political dogma — be it ’60s liberalism or ’80s conservatism — as anachronistic. Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat, referring to the shrinking caucus of fiscally conservative members of the party.
Elia adds, “The reason the president describes himself this way in private is because if he said it publicly, people would laugh at him — much in the way most will when they read this excerpt.”
Heck, Obama must have laughed at himself when he said it. (Although to be fair, maybe there’s some truth to it — just as the now largely defunct Blue Dogs did to their constituents, Obama did a heck of a job today screwing the south with this move). In any case, and in honor of Leslie Nielsen’s recent demise, cue the Obama Police Squad! freeze-frame shot:
Update: Since the rest of the Blue Dogs are now virtually extinct, Rob Long has the best advice for how the GOP should deal with the self-identified last of their species.