The Progressive machine has gone after one of their icons. Ever since Bob Woodword called out Obama’s lies on Sequester, he is no longer the media icon he used to be for his role in uncovering Watergate. Now the Progressive machine is going after him.
Andrew Sullivan, who is probably Charles Johnson’s influence, goes after Bob Woodward. In Sullivan’s mind – how dare Woodward go after his believed God-King.
Woodward has called the president guilty of “madness” and of moving the goal-posts by suggesting that the threat of the sequester was designed to facilitate a grand bargain – tax hikes, entitlement and defense cuts combined with tax reform. But that was the point of the sequester; it was a deadly instrument designed to force both parties to compromise – one on taxes, the other on spending cuts. Woodward’s op-ed was untrue, it seems to me, plainly untrue. More to the point he accused the president of madness, even though he has offered a compromise that includes cuts to Medicare as serious as those in Bowles-Simpson, while the Republicans insist on only spending cuts.
Yes, the sequester idea originated with Jack Lew in the Obama administration but was quickly embraced by the GOP and became a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, after the brinksmanship of the debt ceiling battle in 2011. Odd, isn’t it, that Woodward did not, to my knowledge, describe the GOP’s successful and completely unnecessary downgrade of this country’s credit rating as “madness.”
How dare Woodward question The Progressive Movement’s Lord and Savior!