These are the times that try progressives’ souls.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., the Senate majority whip who is as loyal a liberal as has ever walked the halls of Congress, finds himself calling the country’s most progressive president a liar about the massive surveillance program of American citizens by the National Security Agency known as the PRISM program.
“When it comes to telephone calls, every member of Congress has been briefed on this program,” Obama said. Durbin countered: Average members of Congress “don’t receive this kind of briefing.”
The New York Times, the “newspaper of record” whose record over the past five years is riddled with pure partisan cheerleading for the administration, finds itself denouncing a president it helped elect.
“The administration has now lost all credibility,” the Times editorialized Thursday afternoon. Though in a cowardly move, it later watered down that assessment, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.” (Emphasis added.)
The lefties at American Prospect – normally a swamp of Obamaphilia — are shocked that “people aren’t angrier” about the NSA program – though the fact that they even think people aren’t outraged tells you more about who they hang around with than the mood of the country.
Liberals have a big “we’ve always been at war with East Asia” problem.
For almost eight years after 9/11, the liberal media and Democratic politicians cried wolf over the alleged transgressions of the Bush administration. (“John Ashcroft wants to read your library books!” they cried.)
This spring’s perfect storm of scandal over Benghazi, the IRS and the Department of Justice finally forced critical coverage of the Obama administration beyond just Fox News and conservative websites. But for the five years before that, all criticism of the White House, whether over bailouts or Obamacare, was the work of wingnuts who swapped their weekday tinfoil hats for tri-corner costumes on Saturdays.
But now the mask is off, eight months after the media-political complex helped swing an election that could have made the Obama administration a part of American history. And the lockstep liberals like Durbin, the deceptively biased folks at The New York Times, and their more honest, openly biased cousins at the American Prospect – are stunned to learn the emperor in his new clothes is just engaged in a naked grab for power.
Or as the Chicago preacher who baptized the president’s children might have put it before he was shoved into the memory hole:
The chickens are coming home to roost.
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