(via @jaketapper) The ironies abound in this passage from Jacob Weisberg’s rhetorical roundhouse kick to Ron Suskind’s face:
The most famous thing Suskind wrote about the Bush administration was a passage in an article he published in the New York Times Magazine, quoting an anonymous Bush “aide”:
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ “
This became one of the most quoted lines about the Bush years, repeated thousands of times as evidence of his administration’s willful dishonestly about everything from Iraq’s WMD to the budget. “Reality-based” turned into a liberal slogan of the era, printed on T-shirts and bumper stickers. How could it not, given the deliciousness of the quote? But did anyone in the Bush administration ever say these words to Ron Suskind? He has never given us any reason to believe that anyone did. And given the unacceptable liberties he takes with quotes from named sources—see below—I have my doubts.
Let’s count them, shall we? Continue reading Slate sanctimoniously savages Suskind’s salacious stories.
Michiko Kakutani asks the question “Why have so many people in the Obama administration vented to Mr. Suskind in the first place, when the president was only partway through his first term?“: contra Ann Althouse, I think that the answer is fairly simple. This administration, unlike the last one, has no reputation for loyalty flowing down from the top to the bottom. That more or less means that there will not be much loyalty flowing from the bottom to the top, either.
Karma. It’s what’s for dinner.
PS: Sorry to bring this Suskind schmuck up again: but – judging from my hate mail – his book is apparently really torquing off the netroots. Mind you, if you (accurately) point out that the President’s a male chauvinist pig then it’s probably not too surprising that his rapidly-shrinking rabid fan base might get, well, perturbed…
Three quotes of the day, in fact.
Via The Washington Post, via Hot Air, we have first former CFA head Christina Romer, on what it was like to work for the White House…
I felt like a piece of meat.
…and former WH communications director Anita Dunn, on what it was like to work for the White House*…
This place would be in court for a hostile workplace… because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.
…and an unnamed WH ‘high-ranking female official,’ on what it is like to work for the White House:
The president has a real woman problem… The idea of the boys’ club being just Larry and Rahm isn’t really fair. He [Obama] was just as responsible himself.
Continue reading QotD, I TOLD YOU Obama Was A Male Chauvinist Pig edition.