Sep
01
2009

Advice for Obama–From Republicans

The Washington Post gathered severalcontributors for an August30"Topic A" featureheadlined, "How Can President Obama Regain His Political Footing?"

The list of contributors, though, leaned well to the right. There were six high-profile Republicans and/or conservatives: Newt Gingrich, Christine Todd Whitman, Dan Schnur, Ed Rogers and Ed Gillespie. There were three Democrats: former Mondale staffer Michael Berman, Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile and Harold Ford of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. Two others–a pollster and a Harvard professor–were also included, neither ofwhom offered a discernible ideological viewpoint.

At a time when many progressives are expressing disappointment at Obama's policies so far, it's striking that the Post wouldn'tgivespace to that point ofview,especially in a debate about how Obama can reverse his political fortunes. Perhaps that's because the idea that Obama should move to the left is considered unthinkable in elite media, where progressives exist mainly as an example of the kinds of folks Democratic politicians should avoid.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.