Democrats Embracing Bush Line on Deference

by Brien Jackson

Here’s something I really hope doesn’t become a trend:

I just got off the phone with a military expert and former Army Ranger who supports Republicans and Dems, and he hammered Gingrich and conservative media figures for criticizing Obama, saying that the Commander-in-chief deserved “respect” while a sensitive operation was unfolding.

“I would hope that they’re feeling a little silly today,” said the expert, Andrew Exum, a fellow at the Center for National Security Studies. “It’s bad form. You don’t make this a partisan issue until an operation has been assessed. It’s fair game ex post facto. But during the emergency, I think that our elected leaders deserve our respect.”

Gag. This was nothing but facistic nonsense when thw wingnuts were pulling it with Bush, and the fact that the President is a Democrat doesn’t make it any better. Obviously I think Obama did a fair job handling the pirate situation, and I think most of the criticism was just a stand in for ovely-petty partisan nonsense, but the last thing we need is for Democrats to embrace the idea that you must believe the President to be infalliable any time the military is doing something or it means you hate the troops (although reminding everyone about the wingnuts’ standards from 2003 is fair game). If you don’t like the way Obama is handling something feel free to say so, but if you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t be surprised when you wind up looking as foolish as Newt, and when the rest of us mock you mercilessly.