Obama NM campaign manager publicly blasts Krugman, liberal blogs, insinuates comparison with Teabaggers

Here is what the Obama campaign, via New Mexico state campaign director, Ray Sandoval, decided to share with its supporters earlier this month, from Amanda Terkel at Huffington Post:

Paul Krugman is a political rookie. At least he is when compared to President Obama. That’s why he unleashed a screed as soon as word came about the debt ceiling compromise between President Obama and Congressional leaders – to, you know, avert an economic 9/11. Joining the ideologue spheres’ pure, fanatic, indomitable hysteria, Krugman declares the deal a disaster – both political and economic – of course providing no evidence for the latter, which I find curious for this Nobel winning economist. He rides the coattails of the simplistic argument that spending cuts – any spending cuts – are bad for a fragile economy, ignoring wholeheartedly his own revious cheerleading for cutting, say, defense spending. But that was back in the day – all the way back in April of this year. […]
No, the loudest screeching noise you hear coming from Krugman and the ideologue Left is, of course, Medicare. Oh, no, the President is agreeing to a Medicare trigger!!! Oh noes!!! Everybody freak out right now! But let’s look at the deal again, shall we? […]
Now let’s get to the fun part: the triggers. The more than half-a-trillion in defense and security spending cut “trigger” for the Republicans will hardly earn a mention on the Firebagger Lefty blogosphere. Hell, it’s a trigger supposedly for the Republicans, and of course, there’s always It’sNotEnough-ism to cover it.

And “firebagger” is clearly a reference to “Teabagger,” what we call the Tea Party. It’s also likely a reference to the blog FireDogLake that has been highly critical of the President and the Dems in Congress. So this senior Obama campaign official – he heads up the entire state of New Mexico – was suggesting that Paul Krugman and the progressive Netroots were no better than Teabaggers.

He also refers to the blogosphere as “the ideologue sphere,” and suggests that we’re “fanatic” and full of “hysteria.”  Funny, the Obama campaign didn’t feel that way about us in 2008 when they repeatedly asked us to do their dirty work for them, and we gladly, and quietly, did.  I guess this is yet another example of how no good deed goes unpunished when Barack Obama is the recipient of said deed.

Hell of a get out the vote message.

PS There seems to be some effort to claim that A) this guy is some junior staffer (in fact, he’s the Obama campaign director for the entire state), and B) that he of course wasn’t speaking for the campaign (except he was, officially, and it’s been almost three weeks and the guy still has a job).  You do the math.


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