A few months ago, after Obama became president, my rightwing friends who comment on this blog, and the rightwing media spokespeople they parrot, were all pointing to the declining stock market as an indicator not that the previous administration had screwed up royally on the economy, but that somehow Obama was a failure because the stock market hadn't turned around in a month or two.
Then the stock market stopped declining and eventually started climbing. But no connection between that and Obama's policies has been noted by the same rightwing critics, they just shift the goalposts. Now it's the deficit, which their Republican leaders grew from the Clinton administration surplus. Back then, when Clinton defenders would point out the great prosperity that led to the great surplus, rightwing critics would shift the goalposts to marital fidelity and in fact spent more money on investigating Clinton's private life than on regulating the economy leading to...
Now of course when critics question the morality and hypocrisy of white male Republican Senators who have extramarital sex and/or talk down to women Supreme Court nominees, they shift the goalposts again, to health care reform and pass memos (the Republican National Committee for one) about how they need to defeat any Health Care Reform, but refuse to offer alternatives.
Republican Chairman Michael Steele actually answered a policy question from a reporter at a news conference Steele called to ciriticize the health care reform proposals of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, Steel said he wasn't there to discuss health care policy when challenged to suggest alternatives! Because he and his party have no alternative suggestions, except more of the same or back to the future.
And now there's TV ads showcasing a supposed Canadian citizen who claims she would have died under the Canadian health care system and had to come to the USA to get the treatment she needed and warns us about adopting the Canadian health care system for the USA like, it is implied, Obama and the Democrats are trying to do. Only that's not true, on almost any level (as I've said before my daughter-in-law's family is Canadian and they wouldn't trade their system for ours ever, nor would most Canadians), including that THE DEMOCRATS AREN'T PROPOSING ANYTHING LIKE THAT!
But it is good to see "Harry & Louise" back on the air, the ads that the corporate and rightwing opponents to health care reform under Clinton ran with a white couple worrying that the government was going to get between them and their doctor and "control" their medical options. I was friends in L.A. with the actor who played "Harry" and I'm happy to see him working again in the new commercial and even happier it's FOR health reform this time.
Sunday's NY Times had some great articles on the Op-Ed page relating to a lot of the above, check them out: Frank Rich here, and Maureen Dowd here, and an unrelated—but not entirely—and very entertaining take on the decline of our space program by Tom Wolfe here.