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Tuesday, August 09, 2011


I realize bloggers are under tremendous pressure to come up with something witty that stands out from all the dreck that is being written... and sometimes that pressure leads to writing something dumb.

Today's example is this writer, trying to analogize Maureen Dowd's dissatisfaction with Obama to Walter Cronkite's souring on Lyndon Johnson's management of the Vietnam War.

Johnson's remark "If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America" was important because Johnson knew that a good part of the country took their cues from Cronkite... and Johnson knew he couldn't win re-election if 'Middle America' voted for his opponent.

On the other hand, no matter how unhappy Dowd is with Obama, she's still going to vote for him next year. She is liberal and she's unhappy that Obama hasn't done more things that liberals like, but in the end, she knows that Obama will give her more of what she likes than any Republican ever could.

And unlike Cronkite, Dowd has no pull with the mushy middle whose votes are critical. They don't read her, they're not influenced by anything she says.

While it's fun to watch liberals turn on one another, that all it is, entertainment. It doesn't have any bigger meaning.