Few would quarrel with President Barack Obama’s point that the Republican Party has drifted to the right in recent years, disavowing ideas it once embraced — even created. But making that case in a major campaign speech, Obama ignored realities in his own Democratic ranks….if Republicans have moved to the right on health care, it’s also true that Obama has moved to the left. He strenuously opposed a mandate forcing people to obtain health insurance until he won office and changed his mind.
Calling this “a move to the left” is simply stupid and incompetent. There is really no nicer explanation. Claiming — in an effort to defend against Obama’s pushback against the lazy media narrative that assumes both sides are equivalent — that Obama is being unfair, the AP demonstrates how desperate they are to hang on to that story. The idea that the partisan problems of the last 3 years are because the Dems, like the Republicans, have become more ideologically extreme is to ignore reality. If the media insists upon claiming the Dems are far left, simply because the Republicans are far right, and thus that the answer is that both sides have to move to the middle or be out of step, we apparently cannot have an intelligent and realistic look at American politics.
TPM has the story.