After Fox News, next on Obama hit list: Chamber of Commerce?
Reports suggest that President Obama is embarking on a strategy of undermining some of the most influential conservative voices in Washington, including Fox News and the Chamber of Commerce.
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For those of you not keeping score at home, the Obama administration has:
1. Declared repeatedly that Fox News is not a news organization.
2. Made AHIP its long-sought-for enemy in the healthcare-reform battle.
3. Tried its best to undermine the authority of the US Chamber of Commerce.
Not surprisingly, the tone of the panel was a bit bitter, decrying the Obama administration’s “name-calling."
A vast left-wing conspiracy?
Yet it appears there is more than just the ordinary partisan frustration at work. Since August, the Obama administration has undertaken a clear strategy of seeking to discredit and marginalize some of the most influential conservative voices in Washington, according to a report in Politico.
The result is a Washington turned even more antagonistic. It took President Bush – the self-styled compassionate conservative – hardly more than a year to lose that moniker, and President Obama – elected as a great uniter – is now reportedly embarking on a strategy to emasculate the political right.
But that's how the city works, says political scientist Sidney Milkis. “Partisanship is at least part of the solution to the political challenges he and the country face,” he said at a recent roundtable about partisanship at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
His argument is that the current partisanship is neither unprecedented nor unusual but rather “unvarnished,” and that all the most consequential presidents in history were also “extraordinary party leaders.”
Obama as provocateur
Indeed, Obama’s actions of recent weeks have the appearance of “rallying the troops.”