White House press secretaries have traditionally shied away from belittling the president's most valuable political constituency in a public setting, a precedent Robert Gibbs broke from yesterday when he took aim at disquieted members of the "professional left." Brilliant move, says the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus, who argues the Washington spin cycle is not incompatible with the occasional dropping of truth. "I'm with Gibbs," she writes today. "The complainers from the left are, in some combination, myopic, forgetful and deranged...Can these people not count to 60?" No doubt today someone in the White House is wishing he came up with that last line.
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