Obama Critics: Really So 'Dumb'?

Conservatives react to Andrew Sullivan's article
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 4:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Andrew Sullivan's unflinching defense of President Obama in Newsweek is irking conservative bloggers today. No wonder, considering the headline: "Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?" Taking on the right, Sullivan calls Obamacare a "moderate," fiscally responsible program, and says "a depression was averted" with Obama's $787-billion stimulus package. Engaging the left, he lists successes such as the Iraq pullout and advances in gay rights. Obama "practices a show-don’t-tell, long-game" that takes time to mature, Sullivan writes. "What matters to him is what he can get done, not what he can immediately take credit for."

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Reactions are coming in hard and fast:

  • Sullivan provides no proof that the stimulus—which cost $862 billion, thank you very much—diverted a depression, writes Joel B. Pollack on Big Government. Obama has also "coasted on the military success of his Republican predecessor."
  • Conservatives, "dumb"? “Well, sure," writes John Hinderaker on Power Line. "We who are unhappy that unemployment has increased on Obama’s watch ... that our children now owe a $15 trillion debt that we can’t pay—hey, we’re just dumb!”
  • Sullivan falls for Obama's "all-things-to-all-people" illusion, writes Kevin Glass on TownHall: "The piece is a case study in exactly how Obama wishes to portray himself: as a blank canvas upon which anyone can project their most ambitious and noble desires in a politician."
See more reactions on Politico. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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