The Media Bloodletting, Part III [UPDATED, VID LINK FIXED]
Well, President Obama has lost Kathleen Parker. Here's the damning bit from her column today:
Is it true? Is Obama responsible for our near-dire circumstances?
I have never been a fan of presidents who place blame on their predecessors or who accept credit for events that couldn't have been engineered so soon in their tenure. Politicians will always massage the data to tell the story their way. Bill Clinton's happy economy surely owed some credit to Reagan. George W. Bush's ill fortunes surely had at least some of their roots in Clinton's lack of attentiveness. Obama clearly inherited a load of fertilizer, but his policies also have exacerbated those effects. Obama's successor most certainly will benefit or suffer to some degree from seeds the current president planted.
Nevertheless, it is probably fair to say that Obama's ideas were too big for America's appetite. It would have been nice had he made a few incremental repairs to the economy and left the transformative events for a less stressful time.
Parker's handwringing was brought on by this very clever "Mourning in America" ad by Citizens for the Republic. But the question is: Where were you two years ago, Kathleen?
The American public was sold out by Parker, David Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Chris Buckley -- all those conservative commenters who helped Obama pass himself as a moderate. Look, the Complicit Media was 100% in the bag, which is why we needed those "moderate" conservatives to help blow the lid. Instead, they joined the game.
So, Ms. Parker, I know you don't like Presidents who "place blame on their predecessors." But we'd respect the hell out of a columnist who can voice the occasional mea culpa.