Grayson: If I wanted Fox talking points I’d change the channel to Fox, not listen to the White House…
Alan Grayson on Robert Gibbs: He should be fired.
Harry Reid chose his words poorly, but equating it with saying a racist would have made a good president is idiocy“, Salon editor Joan Walsh goes after Michael Steele and the Repiglicans over what seems to be a manufactured controversy.
I present you with a small clip:
Did you hear this one on the news this morning (Morning Meeting or Morning Joe, I guess. I got it on HuffPo)?
Progressive bloggers were in an uproar Sunday night after a White House “adviser,” speaking on condition of anonymity, urged them to “take off their pajamas” and get serious about politics.
NBC White House correspondent John Harwood relayed the quote during a segment he shot for Nightly News following a massive gay rights rally in Washington.
“For a sign of how seriously the White House does or doesn’t take this opposition, one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely-divided country is complicated and difficult,” said Harwood, who has solid sources inside the Obama White House and routinely talks with top administration officials.
Well, here I am out of my pajamas… as a matter of fact I’m sitting in the WiFi Cafe at Martin’s Supermarket in Martinsburg, WV. It seems that these “anonymous comments” were made during yesterday’s Gay Pride affair in Washington DC. Harwood pointed out later that:
the quote was not meant to convey any displeasure on the part of the administration for the gay community’s public advocacy.
“My comments quoting an Obama adviser about liberal bloggers/pajamas weren’t about the LGBT community or the marchers,” he wrote. “They referred more broadly to those grumbling on the left about an array of issues in addition to gay rights, including the war in Afghanistan and health care and Guantanamo — and whether all that added up to trouble with Obama’s liberal base…”
Well, that’s nice. The gay rights community is off the hook. I guess that leaves the rest of us to our grumbles.
But now, according to The Plumline:
The White House is strongly denying a report making the rounds that it views gay critics and bloggers as part of an “Internet left fringe,” with a senior adviser asserting to me that this sentiment “does not reflect White House thinking at all.”
And DanPfeiffer of the White House Communication Department stated:
“That sentiment does not reflect White House thinking at all, we’ve held easily a dozen calls with the progressive online community because we believe the online communities can often keep the focus on how policy will affect the American people rather than just the political back-and-forth.”
I think I’ll go along with Greg Sargent’s update in Plumline:
I should add that it’s entirely legit to be concerned about the administration’s gay rights record and the disregard some White House advisers (albeit anonymous ones) hold for the “left.” My point is that this quote, given the sourcing and second-hand nature of it, doesn’t seem like enough to get upset about.
Now if you readers think that progressive bloggers like me are on the opposite side of the Obama Administration, you let me know. I thought we were a vital assist.