President Obama is a fine man, but he just got rolled by Republicans again.
He wanted a grand bargain, and they said no. He wanted a balance of spending and tax changes, and they said no again. And now, with 14 million Americans out of work, he’s about to sign an agreement full of job-killing spending cuts. This, he tells us, is good for the country.
You get the feeling that if they kidnapped his dog, he would pay them money to return it. And say thank you.
The solution here is obvious: Obama needs a blood transfusion from someone meaner, someone who doesn’t shy away from a fight, someone who is willing to take his case to the people and force change.
He needs a dose of Gov. Chris Christie.
If there is anything that should tell us our pundit class has gone 'round the fucking twist, it is admiration for bullies by people claiming to defend the defenseless. This front-page editorial on the online paper was titled Moran: President Obama needs a dose of Chris Christie. What are we saying about Christie here? Is he strong medicine? Is this sexual innuendo? Skin lightener? The paper itself said something entirely different.
What Obama's missing:
The guts of our governor
That's so offensive you might almost overlook the fat joke.
The Star Ledger, one of the newspapers in New Jersey not yet staffed entirely by college interns, turned over its front page, above the fold space to opinion. Let that sink in for a moment. The only thing that can be said in the Star Ledger's favor is that other newspapers have been offering opinion on the front page, but presenting it as reporting, like the New York Times, for instance.
Cross-posted from Poor Impulse Control.