Both Politico and Real Clear Politics are running pieces about the “coarsening” of the health care debate. It is a phrase that Obama apparently uses in an with Sixty Minutes that is airing tonight. For some reason, the mainstream media is picking up on this theme. I suppose it is related to their bias and the Joe Wilson affair. According to Politico:
“The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue,” Obama told Steve Kroft in an interview taped at the White House on Friday evening.
“I will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention. And so one of the things that I’m trying to figure out is: How can we make sure that civility is interesting?”
There was a time when Obama could get away with such statements. It was painfully frustrating during the campaign because Obama had no record; he had a carefully tailored message; and he had a compliant media. But that time has passed. Now, there is a book on Obama and its becoming more difficult for him to run from his own past. So while Obama and the media lament the “coarsening” of the debate, lets remind them of the phony and duplicitous Obama.
Who told the nation to argue with neighbors and “get in their faces”?
Who reverted to name calling by calling dissenters mobs?
Who reverted to name calling by calling dissenters Nazis?
The Sixty Minutes interview is airing tonight. It will probably be a whitewash for Obamacare and if Steve Kroft plays the part of a patsy, get ready to call him out.