Skip to comments.CBS News Political Director: 'Obama Can Only Cement His Legacy If He Destroys the GOP'
Posted on 01/19/2013 7:44:56 PM PST by Kaslin
"The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat."
So astonishingly wrote CBS News political director John Dickerson at Slate Friday evening in a piece astonishingly titled "Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party."
Dickerson is no longer interested in Obama trying bipartisanship in his second term - as if that's what the President did in his first.
"Obamas only remaining option is to pulverize," Dickerson wrote. "Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition's most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray."
Did I mention this man was the political director for CBS News?
"[B]y exploiting the weaknesses of todays Republican Party," Dickerson continued, "Obama has an opportunity to hasten the demise of the old order by increasing the political cost of having the GOP coalition defined by Second Amendment absolutists, climate science deniers, supporters of 'self-deportation' and the pure no-tax wing."
"The president can stir up these fights by poking the fear among Republicans that the party is becoming defined by its most extreme elements, which will in turn provoke fear among the most faithful conservatives that weak-willed conservatives are bending to the popular mood," added Dickerson. "That will lead to more tin-eared, dooming declarations of absolutism like those made by conservatives who sought to define the difference between legitimate and illegitimate rapeand handed control of the Senate to Democrats along the way."
"Presidents dont usually sow discord in their inaugural addresses, though the challenge of writing a speech in which the call for compromise doesnt evaporate faster than the air out of the presidents mouth might inspire him to shake things up a bit," Dickerson concluded. "If it doesnt, and he tries to conjure our better angels or summon past American heroes, then it will be among the most forgettable speeches, because the next day hes going to return to pitched political battle. He has no time to waste."
So the recommendation of CBS News's political director is that Obama begin his second term by "going for the throat" of his opponents to destroy one of the nation's two political parties.
Is this in any way appropriate for a so-called journalist that's supposed to remain neutral and impartial in his dealings with political leaders?
This is what one expects from people on MSNBC.
After Bob Schieffer's absurd comments earlier in the week comparing Obama's anti-gun initiatives to America defeating the Nazis in World War II, is CBS making another huge turn to the left further distancing itself from being an impartial news source?
If not, maybe someone at CBS ought to remind Dickerson of what his role is at the organization and what it means to be a journalist.
Like most in his industry, it appears Dickerson has forgotten
Sounds to me like an open call for a totalitarian government and should be treated as such.
Nothing to worry about Mr. President, the GOP is destroying itself.
Democrats should be very careful about using phrases like “declaring war on Republicans” because the last time they declared war on Republicans, things didn’t work out too well for them.
This CBS moron obviously hasn’t seen a red/blue election map.
My advice to Obama would be to ignore the GOP. They are likely to be nonexistent before this term is over.
Finally, the naked truth from the MSM — what they really support. Dictatorship.
The left has always wanted a one party govt., just like it was in the good, old USSR.
Well let’s hope that if he destroys the GOP he will wake the sleeping dragon of conservatism! It is time for the wheel to turn and crush the socialists.
Have you looked at the states? More Republican governors and legislatures... that is where the future of the party is; not the Republicans in Congress.
In other words, Barry needs to throw away Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals handbook and start using Mein Kampf as his playbook. Pull on those jackboots Barry!
He’s absolutely correct and Obama will shatter the GOP into factions and no single faction will have the ability to win national elections. The famed 40% conservative poll itself is meaningless as it is self identifying and there is no definition of conservative in the question posed to the respondees. Given the bias of the media Obama will succeed unless he’s totally incompetent or Reid or Pelosi do something so stupid it can’t be covered up.
Gee. Golly. Color me surprised. Head of CBS News is a drooling Marxist. Wow. Shock.
Time to take out the enemies, folks.
Interesting that this guy suggests the GOP can be destroyed by their “extreme” elements. However, each of those elements is actually a traditional, normal American point of view that would be considered standard by many intelligent people years ago. I suggest that if the GOP rejects these “extreme” views, the GOP will have no identity at all. Just who will the GOP attract to their tent? The Dems werent’ destroyed by catering to real extremists. Now the Dem party is defined by extremism and anti-freedom America hating. Is this CBS guy suggesting that the GOP can survive by being the Dems? Come on. There are millions of Americans looking for some representation in gov’t and it appearrs only leftist extremists are getting representation. There is a big vacuum in the political landscape and the GOP is the only party positioned to take advantage of it—the conventional political wisdom is missing this big opportunity.
That’s what Rick Santorum has been saying. Don’t wait for congress to save us because its not going to happen. The states are our last line of defense and they’re actually stepping up.
You have no idea how big it is for Michigan to go right to work with a RINO heavy state government and they’re showing more stones than our congress in DC.
They are openly and proudly part of the Obama Army, devoted to wiping out conservatives, constitutionalists and others who oppose Obama's leftist restructuring of America.
Men and women alike - they would all have his babies if they could.
Conservative citizens knew CBS was lying about being objective journalists. We can spot liars. Republican leaders will know now too...
On the lighter brighter side maybe this one CBS sh*it didn't get the 'keep lying to the American people' memo.
Happens. Anyone hear a train whistle in our future if we're not careful? Re-education camps?
Sounds like the left wants to expand the genocide past the 150 million mark even before they disarm us. These genieasses don’t realize that we know what is coming.
Heading towards 17T in debt, no budget in 4 years, zero’s budget voted down unanimously by Congress, Ambassador Stevens murdered with absolutely no repercussion for the murders, “Arab Spring” turned into Islamist takeover, health care that will be budget breaking tyranny, etc. etc. etc. and the media still loves him?
I truly do NOT get it! If the USA collapses will ABCCBSNBCMSNBCCNNNYTWAPO be cheering?
Get the idea they see no profit in siding with ordinary American citizens who would prefer to be left alone,
Old order? Meaning "America as we know it"? To be replaced by...what??? A totalitarian socialist state?
Thank you, Mr. Dickerson, for telling us exactly who you are and what you're about.
doc - this is good news. Our guys are lied to by dem professional trolls, MSM types who think they’re working for James Carville rather than for their organizations...
All the dems are liars and haters... you know that. This rant will help our leaders see the truth of what they’re dealing with. It’s all good.
Look - dems have become totalitarians. We’re all that stands between them and concentration camps. We all need to stand together and pray this rant will help wake up the GOP to what’s REALLY going on with the liars of the left.
I hope you are right but I have my doubts.
There is more than a little Bill Ayres style totalitarianism in these media bootlickers. They’d slit the throats of every tea-party member if they could. Too dangerous now, since we have guns. But as we see, they’re working on that right now, too.
Keep watching sheeple, keep watching, Democrats are communist, fascists who dream of a totalitarian police state where the elites, along with the RINOS, enjoy freedom while the peasants enjoy tyranny!
msm in total goebbels propaganda mode.
CBS staff probably feels the same way as this guy, but they lie better. It's too early for them to show their hand... that's the blessing. He's done us a service.
“Go for the throat” sounds like a call to battle. Bring it bitches.
Obama ... cement.
Wasn’t there some DHS memo that ONLY the liberal palace media-guard are allowed to use those two words in the same sentence? (Something like that?)
Hey GOPe, the only people who might be able to save you are the people you despise most, us conservatives. Sucks to be you. Of rather it will.
As for us? You’ve already repeatedly betrayed us, but we’ll get by. If you don’t understand that statement, GOPe, it won’t be any surprise to us.
“After Bob Schieffer’s absurd comments earlier in the week comparing Obama’s anti-gun initiatives to America defeating the Nazis in World War II, is CBS making another huge turn to the left further distancing itself from being an impartial news source?”
Not possible. They’ve been at the “180 degree mark” from impartiality for years.
If they turn any further left, they’ll be headin’ right!
“Have you looked at the states? More Republican governors and legislatures... that is where the future of the party is; not the Republicans in Congress.”
What you say is true about the increase of Republican governors and legislatures, but it has pretty much been the result of the red states growing “redder”.
At the same time, the blue states are getting bluer. How long until Massachusetts or New York state elect Republican legislatures and governors again? Or Illinois or California?
What these trends indicate is that the divisions between the red and the blue states are growing more stark. Look at the differences in how states like Montana and Texas responded to the Sandy Hook shooting, vis-a-vis states like New York and Massachusetts.
What was it that Rudyard Kipling said about “The East” and “The West”?
And it’s also a reason I find the whole notion of “secession” not nearly as far-fetched as I might have only a few short years ago. It may very well likely begin appearing a very viable and logical option, as Obama’s ruling-class statists and their slavish media continue to double-down on tyrannical dictates.
I know it seems like a remote possibility, but I never thought I would live to see a Republican Governor, LT. Governor, House, and Senate in NC. The Supreme Court has a Republican majority as well, even though judicial elections are "nonpartisan", a brilliant Democratic idea. Although we usually vote for Republicans in Presidential elections and often for US Senate and HOR, the Democrats had been firmly in control in Raleigh for the better part of 100 years. Their incompetence and corruption finally caught up with them. When the people in those states get sick of the mess the Democrats have created in their state, miracles can happen!
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Unbeleivable- a news stating tryign to encourage the eperes- to ‘destroy’ the GOP- and noone does anythign abotu cbs sayign this, but let a 5 year old kid play cops and robbers, and all of a sudden it’s a national terror incident and the kid gets suspended?
It seems to me cbs was making terroristic threats toweard the gop-
obama doesn’t have to DO anything. The gop is constantly bending over and saying “Thank you, sir. May I have another?” And half the people in this country support there being only one party. And, truthfully, they’ve gotten what they want.
“This CBS moron obviously hasnt seen a red/blue election map.”
They only think they want to start an armed conflict.
Whenever the resolve of the nation is tested, it will be the country’s flyover-Heartland that provides the mettle of clarity, industry, work ethic and resolve to whip the ass of elitist masterminds.
Armed conflict requires intestinal fortitude, resolve, tenacity and the survival skills that frankly, most progressives just do not possess.
Half the morons we are made to suffer on TV would fold into the fetal position when denied their Starbuck’s white mocha frappaccino by 9:00 AM daily.
Let them come.
Once the dollar collapses, and the GAO says it will, he'll be number #1 on America's $hit list. Bet on it.
greene66: “Theyd slit the throats of every tea-party member if they could.”
I don’t agree. Propagandists aren’t necessarily violent. If anything, that makes them more detestable. The state-run media will act as cheerleaders and apologists for the left, setting the stage for violence and/or civil war against their fellow citizens.
It cannot be stressed enough that millions upon millions in the 20th century were slaughtered by their own LEFT WING governments.
I don’t think the media itself knows where their propaganda leads. They are so thoroughly propagandized themselves, they think they’re creating a better world. The millions who voted for Hitler thought the same, i.e. universal employment, equality of the sexes, “fair” distribution of resources, safety and security, etc. It’s a very alluring lie, and like I wrote, millions died last century for it.
Lord forgive them, for they truly do not know what they do!
Have you looked at the states? More Republican governors and legislatures... that is where the future of the party is; not the Republicans in Congress.
That was the beauty and genius of the un-molested U.S. Constitution, was the ability of the states to seat senators at will.
Obamacare would not be a law of the land right now if the states had been allowed to replace their senators at the mere utterance of support for this menace of a law!
This state control of senators was allowable until passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.
You can bet he knows about swing state voter fraud well enough not to be worried about the red and blue election illusion you are laboring under.
His legacy is a stinky punchbowl ornament!
—CBS President Les Moonves
First off, none of any new regulations, short of complete confiscation, will do one whit to reduce violence. Even then deranged people will find other ways to murder people. Secondly, do idiots like Shieffer realize how many Americans own guns? He can’t be so naive as to think law-abiding Americans are going to hand over their guns because some petty tyrants i.e. libs get together and demand it.
Nah, it was the right thread..but I originally meant to attack Dickerson and not Schieffer. But attacking Schieffer will suffice.