The after effects continue from White House spokesman Robert Gibbs's attack on the "professional left" yesterday.
Rep, Keith Ellison (D-MN), a member of the Progressive Caucus, slammed Gibbs remarks. "Why would he confuse legitimate critique with some sort of lack of loyalty," Ellison said. "Isn't this what the far right does? Punishes people who are not ideologically aligned with President Bush?"
The real problem is Pres. Obama and Mr Gibbs, his spokesman, have, is not the professional left, it's the professional right.
A little over a year ago, Obama pushed through a stimulation package which has actually done tremendous good in the US and in many ways prevented a recession form turning into a depression. But because of the messaging incompetence of Mr Gibbs in the White House, and the cacophony of voices from the professional right, polls show that fewer than 5% of Americans know the difference between Obama's acutely effective stimulation plan and Bush's insane bank bail out plan.
If Mr Gibbs and Pres. Obama are concerned about getting the message out, they need to look at their own messaging performance as well as starting to aggressively punch back on the professional right.
Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)