'Empty Beltwayism'

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Here is why I read Andrew. On Mark Halperin's suspension:


In the negotiations with the Republicans, Obama and the Dems have offered a couple of trillion in cuts. The Republicans have refused even to discuss increasing tax revenues in return. For the president to react with understated anger strikes me as perfectly natural and overdue. And it comes with the amnesiac, news-cycle crap that Halperin routinely peddles that this basic fact should be ignored for a faux equivalence. It's not the word, in other words. It's the empty beltwayism behind it. 

That's what Halperin should be suspended for. But it was, of course, the reason he was hired.

Initially, I was a little horrified that Halperin was suspended. But Andrew gets the salient point--a cynical centrism.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/empty-beltwayism/241339/