Tom Friedman For President

I have not read Tom Friedman in a long time, but keysdan pointed this funny one out to me:

Obama’s decision to respond to G.O.P. extremism and the failure to conclude a Grand Bargain, by moving to the left rather than to the center, was a huge mistake. It means, as Cowen noted, that the country has no credible, long-term fiscal option before it now. Rather than shift back to his base with a weak fiscal plan, Obama should have taken his idea of a Grand Bargain to the country.

Heh. But the really funny part was Friedman's concept of Chris Christie as Joe Dimaggio (a Nation turns its lonely eyes to you):

Why was Christie popular among G.O.P. moderates and independents? Because he seemed ready to tell hard truths that Obama has started to shrink from.

Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, Christie realized that the GOP was in no mood for a "moderate" and he would be crushed. And now all Friedman has left is Unity 08, I mean, Americans Elect 2012. Maybe he and Matt Miller could run as a ticket. Tom Friedman, a Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

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    Oh, dear Lord... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Anne on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 11:45:03 AM EST
    Is Friedman writing for The Onion now?

    But, hey - good to know that "credible fiscal options" only come from the right, huh?  And Obama was almost there, too - gee, what a shame.

    Maybe Friedman should stick to war stuff; at least there he's - oh, wait, that won't work either.

    Charlie Pierce and/or (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by NYShooter on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 11:59:06 AM EST
    Tom Junod (Esquire) did the greatest take down of Friedman I've ever read, and I practically died laughing while reading.

    ........off to find a link


    I stand by (none / 0) (#10)
    by sj on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 01:32:56 PM EST
    to benefit from the fruits of your labor :)

    aw, you're gonna love this (none / 0) (#18)
    by NYShooter on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:44:00 PM EST

    and don't just read the Friedman one, check'm out


    Oh my (none / 0) (#22)
    by sj on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:56:10 PM EST
    I'm going to have to spend some time there this evening.  Not good when I spontaneously burst out laughing at work...

    As a young man, (none / 0) (#26)
    by NYShooter on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 04:42:24 PM EST
    I was a vociferous reader, sometimes, 3-4-5 books simultaneously. Well, not exactly simultaneously, but you know what I mean. Then, like many others, I suppose, events took over:  starting a family, climbing the Corporate ladder, taking care of aging family members, etc.

    Then, years later, by some quirk of happenstance, I came across a book, that once I started reading it, I wanted to kick myself in the head for what I'd been missing. Since it's the season for "atonement" in my tribe I can't think of a better item to atone for than my cessation of reading.

    And, what was the book that lit the fire under my butt?, "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free...." by Charles Pierce

    He's the kind of writer who's Taylor made for me. Being a lazy bum Charlie's books, essays, articles, etc are the prototypical "once you start, you can't put them down." Finally, he's got that certain quality earning his writings the descriptive noun, "Perfection." That quality is, "brilliance." He is so smart you feel guilty having so much fun drenched in his genius.

    Enough of the unsolicited plug already. I don't know if you're familiar with him, or not, so I`ll toss out just one bit more of unsolicited advise. That book I mentioned, "Idiot America....." began as an essay in Esquire, but once he got into the subject it was obvious he had just scratched the surface, and a book became mandatory. But the essay remains in Esquire's archives and I strongly suggest you retrieve it, print it out (its pretty long I believe) put on your warm, snuggly socks, boil up some water for a nice cup of tea, and get ready for a great, great evening.



    How about we raise Tom Friedman's taxes (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by andgarden on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 12:01:07 PM EST

    Step right up for "shared sacrifice," Mr. Mustache McCinnabon.

    Thanks for making me laugh, andy - (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Anne on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 12:07:42 PM EST
    am going to be chucking about "Mustache McCinnabon" for a while...

    Talk about a guy (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by NYShooter on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 12:08:51 PM EST
    Morphing into his own caricature

    Just goes (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 11:48:13 AM EST
    to show how much the press in this country understands what is going on out here in the hinterlands--not at all.

    The pitiful unity pony seems to have lost his unicorn. Maybe Friedman can find it for him?

    There might be one place he (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Anne on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 11:57:47 AM EST
    hasn't looked yet...

    Mouth frozen open :) (none / 0) (#5)
    by NYShooter on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 12:00:19 PM EST
    Freidman is often wrong but he's right on this (none / 0) (#9)
    by Slado on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 01:24:20 PM EST
    Obama is not going to win an election running as a left wing progressive.

    He didn't do it in 2008.  He ran on Hope and Change.  He also had the luxury of Bush withdrawal syndrome.

    Shoring up his base is a sign of weakness.  Bush is long gone and he can't count on independents to be sympathetic to his change message when it hasn't worked.

    If he can't get back to the center with any credibility by Fall of 2012 he will loose.

    We still are a centrist if not center right country when it comes to presidents.

    We are (5.00 / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:23:09 PM EST
    NOT center right. This is myth that conservatives seem to believe but if you look at issues individually, conservative issues are not what the public wants. Conservatism has been proven to be an abject failure.

    I mean the GOP has been crowing that they've been getting 98% of what they want out of Obama so it should be as plain as the nose on your face that conservatism is a failure.


    I disagree (none / 0) (#16)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:30:57 PM EST
    with Friedman as well. Obama needed to move left.  He tried his hand at being a moderate and has made it clear to the voters that he is not unreasonable.  Time to make the change.

    Time for "change"? (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Yman on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:36:20 PM EST



    Pivoting Obama does pivoting (5.00 / 0) (#25)
    by MO Blue on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 04:24:53 PM EST
    Pivoting right back to corporate/Chamber of Commerce approved policies limited to 3 trade deals which will cost jobs, free labor for companies, cuts to domestic and safety net programs and to marginal tax brackets for corporations and the mega rich.

    No (none / 0) (#20)
    by sj on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:45:14 PM EST
    not time "again", time "already"

    Too bad there are only bad choices to pick from.


    Who would (5.00 / 0) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:54:20 PM EST
    believe him this time? He always ends up giving the conservatives what they want. He has a record this time, you know

    The only thing wrong with (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Anne on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 03:35:36 PM EST
    your comment, Donald, is that it skips over the part - and it's kind of an important one - where Obama grabbed the baton from Bush and continued some of the worst of GWB's policies and then treated us to a heaping helping of those tepid, center-right-to-right-of-center-right policies you're so averse to.  And which he is deeply enamored of.

    And where is there any evidence that he won't continue to track to the right once re-elected?  As near as I can see it, he's bought into that GOP crap and is determined to prove that he can do it better than they can.

    So, no matter who is in the WH come January, 2013, we're going to be getting more Republican policy; how Republican will just be a matter of degree.

    We don't just pay the price for electing dingbats; apparently, we also pay the price for electing media darlings with little experience, and choosing to ignore that this particular media darling wouldn't be exactly who he said he was, or do exactly what he said he would.

    I understand where you're coming from, but I respectfully think you are trying to outrun the truth, which is that we are screwed no matter who gets elected, and I'm not even sure that Obama will be particularly gentle with us next time around.


    [slow clap] (none / 0) (#29)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 04:58:09 PM EST
    Huh (none / 0) (#19)
    by cal1942 on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:44:50 PM EST
    when it hasn't worked

    Wasn't tried.


    Is this WWIII? (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 03:03:39 PM EST