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OBAMA: Robinson’s good at carrying water for president

Letter by Robert Rudolph, Olympia on July 10, 2012 at 11:31 am | 27 Comments »
July 10, 2012 11:31 am

Columnist Eugene Robinson has one virtue: He is the most predictable writer I ever heard of. If he sees that the Obama administration needs water carried for it, well, he goes out and carries it. His writing is shrill and assumes complete bad faith on the part of his opponents, but that seems more and more common these days. Most pundits appeal only to their own party’s base. But at least Robinson sticks to his guns, blazing away as his side’s version of Pat Buchanan.

I do note that his columns almost never praise Obama’s words and acts. A failed economic policy does make such praise more difficult. This summer’s jobs report has been disappointing to date, and the unemployment rate will certainly creep up by the end of July.

What can be used to rouse up the party base this year? Fear, and fear in large doses. I anticipate that Robinson’s shrillness level will rise again as the economy sinks.

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