The joke is on you!
No! Not you, dear reader, but the traditional butt of our traditional media punchlines:
Time's Joe Klein is perhaps the most apoplectic about the "idiocy" of the "left-wing blogosphere."
Klein's selective reading leads him to reduce progressive criticism of
the Senate health bill to its lack of a public option, which he
dismisses as a "tidbit" in meaningful reform policy. Klein is of course
beating up on an ahistorical straw man. What most progressive reformers
called for was single-payer; we were adult enough to accept and fight
for the compromise Obama proposed -- that "relatively minor provision called the public option."
But Klein's straw man allows him to set up a familiar, false
equivalency between left and right, positioning those level-headed
"moderates" as the good folks holding our polity together. He writes,
with a peevish tone fit for the lefty blogosphere he's conjured:
Hilariously, as we stagger from one awful decade
into the next, there has been a coagulation of these extremes -- a
united front against the turgid ceremonies of legislative democracy,
like compromise, and disdain for the politician most responsible for
nudging our snarled checks and balances toward action, Barack Obama.
Huh? When did "legislative democracy" become defined by a
handful of small-state Senators holding the majority hostage? When did
"action" become caving in to the demands of a single senator who
plainly neither understood nor cared about the actual policy debate?
I know, I KNOW! You are too childish to get it, Joe. One day, you may grow up and we may consider letting you sit at the big table with us. For now, you can sit at the table with the other out of touch from reality Versailles children and stuff your cake-hole so we don't have to listen to you whine.