What with several wars and an economic meltdown and and unstable future for oil consumption, you would think there would be lots of things to worry about for our elected leaders and beltway insiders. You would be wrong. Apparently the first priority for the beltway boys is pissing off the nutroots. First, via the Jane Hamshers of the left, this from a staffer regarding the Lieberdrama:
Asked what it would mean if Lieberman kept his chairmanship, one Senate Democratic aide said bluntly: “The left has been foiled again. They can rant and rage but they still do not put the fear into folks to actually change their votes. Their influence would be in question.”
Next up, the WSJ argues that Obama, not Bush, should give Stephen Hadley the Medal of Freedom for “offering the option of victory in Iraq” (apparently we have won in Iraq again, which makes me wonder how many times we have to win the same damned war before we can end it and come home). At any rate, in their laughable sales pitch is the following:
Awarding Steve Hadley the Medal of Freedom would cost Mr. Obama nothing, save possibly a few howls from the Daily Kos. Surely it is not beyond a candidate who has already conceded that the surge has “succeeded beyond our wildest dreams” to bestow the Medal of Freedom on the public servant who made that success possible.
Greenwald noted earlier that there is a stiff and enthusiastic competition between Republicans and Democrats as to who can best get their hate on for “teh left,” and it is pretty clear that the consensus view in DC is that this is priority number one.