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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The new Straight Talk Express

Hey, how about that Obama Recovery?

What's that you say -- a 9 percent gain on the Dow this week is hardly the sign we've all been waiting for?

I'd be the first to agree. And I'm sure the folks who script and read the GOP talking points may also have their qualms. After all, they are quick to point out he's presided over a stock market tailspin since he took office (conveniently ignoring the deep dive on the Bush watch).

Given the relentless nature and dishonesty of the GOP talking points (he's too calm, he's taking on too much, his wife's arms are inflaming the Taliban) it's good to see the White House is shifting gears and heeding the Golden Rule of Politics:

Do Unto Others As They would Do Unto You. Only Do It First.

As we near the the 30th anniversary of the Reagan Revolution, it's clear the wreckage around us is the result of conservative policies run amok -- government of, by and for the fat cat. Faced with the steaming wreckage, a thoroughly out-of-ideas (not to mention leaders) GOP continues do do the only thing it has uniformly outperformed Democrats at for 30 years: name calling.

The pathetic groveling of Michael Steele, the alleged party chairman, in the face of Rush's bluster, simply highlights the paucity of fresh ideas. and the priority of talking points nonsense.

And the importance of avoiding the mistakes of Democrats in the past -- that of ignoring the taunts and charges.

That's why Obama's refusal to follow the path of Dukakis, Gore and Kerry is refreshing (and not demeaning, as Bush's Turd Blossom has tried to spin):
"By any measure," he said during a March 4 event calling for government-contracting reform, "my administration has inherited a fiscal disaster."
Who is really running the Straight Talk Express these days?

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