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I think Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake is one of the most vile and obnoxious libtards in the entirety of the blogosphere.
But even I can get behind her (uhhh…not literally…that’s freak’n disgusting) when it comes to attacking the biggest assturd in the entire blogosphere (barely beating out Andy Sullivan), Ezra Klein.
Nobody has been pitching harder for Obamacare than Ezra and his pack of trained circus monkeys at the Journolist. And now that Obamacare is circling the drain, so is much of Ezra’s credibility.
Jane and I agree:
I don’t know what Ezra’s motives were in echoing the White House sales pitch so quickly, but he’s worked hard to build up credibility as an astute observer of health care policy over the years. A sudden default to a “let’s not let the perfect be the enemy of the good” position that cedes the battle for a public plan right when it’s politically convenient for the White House undermines that credibility.
The same thing happened with the Social Security fight earlier this year — Ezra was arguing that the White House had no intention of pursuing Social Security reform when they quite clearly were, quoting anonymous sources in the White House who were feeding him bs about having “no intention to touch Social Security in the foreseeable future.” Even Ezra was speculating shortly thereafter that Kent Conrad may have “extracted promises that the administration would let him start tinkering with Social Security” as part of a reconciliation deal.
I understand access is important, and being able to get the White House on the phone can be intoxicating.
It can also be an unworthy altar to throw your credibility on.
Look, Ezra is Obama’s butt boy.
There are no two other ways about it.
Frankly, I’m surprised that Klein hasn’t been officially hired by the Obama administration already (except for the fact that he already is, de facto, and doing it for free). When it comes to opining on Obama policies, he has about as much credibility as Ronald McDonald suggesting a place to grab a cheeseburger.
Anyhow, I was really just looking for an excuse to post this picture from her site of Ezra Klein posed in a position he has likely been dreaming about for years. And now that someone’s actually composed it for him, do you think he’s offended?
Hell no…he’s most likely at home wanking to it right now.
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