Conservative bloggers are fuming (or resorting to racist, schoolyard taunts.) But none have undermined the substance of Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek cover article, which asks the question: why are President Obama’s critics so dumb?
A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier members of his base. And when unemployment is at remarkably high levels, and with the national debt setting records, the criticism will—and should be—even fiercer. But this time, with this president, something different has happened. It’s not that I don’t understand the critiques of Barack Obama from the enraged right and the demoralized left. It’s that I don’t even recognize their description of Obama’s first term in any way. The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.
Read the whole thing here.
Sullivan explained his reasoning on Hardball Monday night:
If you’re still not reading Sullivan, you should be.