Friday, August 13, 2010

Final thoughts on L'Affaire Gibbs

Some final thoughts on the Gibbs affair from Paul Krugman and Mother.
First, Paul Krugman nails Robert Gibbs in Krugman’s NY TimesThe Conscience of a Liberal” blog: 
There he goes again.  What gets me is how unprofessional the whole thing is.
Look, if you’re a public figure of any kind, you’re going to face a lot of criticism. Much of it will seem unfair to you; some of the unfair criticism will come from people you expected to take your side; you’ll be angry, you’ll feel that people are putting their egos or their personal aggrandizement above the cause.
Welcome to reality. It’s my reality — and I’m just a professor/columnist. Someone actually in the White House has to be prepared for much more of this kind of thing — and if you don’t have a thick enough skin to take it, find another form of employment.
I’m not saying to turn the other cheek and always say something polite as a general principle; by all means lash out at your critics, if you have something to gain by doing so. Rudeness at the proper moment can serve a purpose — as I hope I’ve demonstrated over the years. But if you vent for the sake of venting; if you alienate people you’re going to need; then you’re just being stupid.
And that, I’m afraid, is what’s going on here. Rachel Maddow isn’t going to go away, or turn all meek, because the White House Press Secretary implicitly denounced her. Even more to the point, liberal critics have an audience because they’re reflecting real concerns of real people. Those concerns need addressing, if necessary in the form of explanations of why their expectations can’t be met. Denouncing the people giving voice to those real concerns as the “professional left” is both unfair and, as I’ve said, stupid.
And both the president and, more important, the country deserve better.”
Amen, Paul.
Let’s end this boring exercise by quoting MOTHER.  Unfortunately, I guess only girl children hear this so we better repeat it often and loudly for Robert:
Dance with the one who brought you...

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