Sunday, March 03, 2013

Busting up the false equivalency

A couple of days ago I tweeted how sad it makes me to see Ezra Klein apparently wanting to grow up to become the next David Broder. Deleted the tweet the next morning because it felt kind of mean, but I couldn't delete the thought out of my head. So it's especially heartening to see Ezra "Hulk Smash" the false equivalence crowd. He lays out the failings of the "if only Obama would move to the middle" idiocy, running down the various accommodations POTUS has made, and/or offered to make, in detail but this gets to the heart of the matter:
This had led to a lot of Republicans fanning out to explain what the president should be offering if he was serious about making a deal. Then, when it turns out that the president did offer those items, there’s more furious hand-waving about how no, actually, this is what the president needs to offer to make a deal. Then, when it turns out he’s offered most of that, too, the hand-waving stops and the truth comes out: Republicans won’t make a deal that includes further taxes, they just want to get the White House to implement their agenda in return for nothing. Luckily for them, most of the time, the conversation doesn’t get that far, and the initial comments that the president needs to “get serious” on entitlements is met with sage nods.
Stopped watching ages ago but I'm certain that's exactly what they're doing on the Sunday morning bobbleheads. Same as always. So, it's good to see Ezra speak up in such undiluted terms. It's helpful. He's the Village wunderkind. They listen to him. Hoping it's not a one-off just to shut up his leftwing critics.

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