Skip to comments.Retiring WashPost Editor Throws a Fit About How Conservatives Ruined Washington
Posted on 03/02/2014 7:03:06 PM PST by Kaslin
Former Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser is retiring at age 70, and he’s very cranky about how conservatives have destroyed government and Washington collegiality. This tells you a lot about what kind of liberal edits and massages the Post every day.
Kaiser is moving to New York, and on the front of the Sunday Outlook he described how “Republicans lost their minds” and “Democrats lost their souls.” In essence, both sides are now too conservative for Bob, starting with a debt-limit vote:
On Oct. 16, 162 members of Congress, 144 in the House and 18 in the Senate, voted no, votes meant explicitly to drive their government into bankruptcy, when there was a real chance that their view might prevail. Here was an entirely new style of public service, and it turned my stomach.
Those 162 votes reflected the deep hostility felt by the newest version of Republican lawmakers toward the government of their country. It is a cynical and often uninformed hostility, befitting the age we live in. And it has many adherents in a country with an elaborate regulatory and welfare state that many like to pretend we dont really have, dont really need and dont really like three blatant falsehoods.
Lies and intellectual inventions are now typical of our public life, which made Washington difficult for me. Of course, a politician lying is hardly a shock, but there is a difference between telling untruths (see Nixon, Richard M.) and making stuff up. I liked Daniel Patrick Moynihans dictum: Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.
To Kaiser, a gargantuan federal government is so positive that public love for it is a fact. Few conservatives deny we have an elaborate regulatory and welfare state, so who is inventing reality in this assessment? Notice that Kaiser was managing editor mostly in the Clinton years, and yet he still defies lying as Nixonian, not Clintonian.
The Clintons were not blamed for lying, corruption, and taking a rhetorical blowtorch to their enemies. The Clintons didnt show a disregard for facts, as in Well lie relentlessly until the Monica dress DNA sample comes in. No, collegiality was destroyed unilaterally by GOP leaders like Newt Gingrich:
Both Republicans and Democrats are too conservative for this guy? How far to the left of Stalin is he?
Couldn’t happen to a nicer city.
This pinhead needs to live in Hays, Kansas for a few years to discover the real America.
They saved Western Civilization in doing so.
If we don't take the necessary steps here in the US, we will watch as Western Civilization dies here on our shores.
Aren’t you taking this “Kaiser” thing a bit far?
He is four-square for liberalism, big government and the Democrat party.
America and Americans don't figure in his value system. Nor does, quite obviously, objective reporting.
I’ve long said that all media types should be required to live in some little flyover town somewhere for a while to get a different perspective.
Okay, that did make me laugh.
Perhaps he thinks the world went to hell when that “revisionist” Khrushchev came to power. /s
This explains much about the Washington Post. This b@stard cannot believe how angry freedom loving folks are at our government. Further he lies on the the face of his statements, for instance if the debt ceiling had never been raised the government would not have gone bankrupt...unless the Obama administration would not pay the bills. So the man is either ignorant or a liar. In either case he shouldn’t be an editor for a major news paper.
That's the problem in a nutshell. It isn't a pretense. We have the monster eating us alive, yes, but we do not need it and we most sincerely do not like it. Kaiser does, however - it has given him a luxurious lifestyle and a generous share of power. For him, what's not to like?
This man is what has happened to our country. In a better age he'd be looking forward to a tumbrel ride to a waiting guillotine.
Maybe more would have if he’d kept his pants zipped.
Old Bob’s Dad was a lifelong Democrat appointee.
Me too. One of the top two percent in the nation that had the honor to vote for Dr. Keys.
Aging metrosexual pansyman.
He ain’t seen nothing yet, the ole kermudgen.
I wasn’t aware you could “ruin” D.C.
heh, I WISH conservatives could take credit for it
Kaiser - the same guy who’s been running the Post in the red for years now? I guess Stalin red is his favorite color.../s
So corruption had nothing to do with destroying DC ?
Stupid old b#stard has been living in the wrong country for all these years; Cuba being just 90 miles from FL, ya know.
Both parties, i.e., the political elites, have become disconnected from the American people. They are the real 1 percenters who despise the average person. Their arrogance is only exceeded by their ignorance. They are leading us off a cliff. We get the government we deserve.
No mention of “We have to pass the bill to see what is in it.”
No mention of the doubling of total government receipts as the result of Reagan’s tax cuts.
No mention of the results of welfare reform that reduced the unemployment rates.
No mention of “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
No mention that sequestration actually reduce the growth of government spending somewhat.
No mention that our current president has spent more money (foolishly) than any one person in the history of the world.
Rich Algeni, Jr. (@richalgeni) tweeted at 9:30pm - 2 Mar 14:
@RobertGKaiser Wish we had truly known you were such a whack-job leftist! If there were true justice, you’d be a North Korean! (https://twitter.com/richalgeni/status/440328374829858817)
Robert G. Kaiser
Born and bred in Washington, employed by The Washington Post for 50 years, author of SO DAMN MUCH MONEY, ACT OF CONGRESS and six other books.
Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 12:34pm - 27 Sep 13:
Idea: Start working now on the explanation you’ll give your grandchildren on how the GOP willingly crashed the economy in 2013 (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/383645758508900353)
Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 4:18pm - 30 Jul 13:
NPR has a fine story on Republican disarray in Congress, a problem scary enough to cost you some zzzz’s. n.pr/1640Vkr (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/362321419566202880)
Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 8:44am - 24 Jul 13:
Here is a fine piece by Jonathan Weisman with a clear warning: Train Wreck Ahead. The GOP wants the wreck. nyti.ms/1bL8B0R (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/360032734908923904)
Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 10:45am - 24 Jun 13:
EJ Dionne is justifiably angry. We seem headed for political disaster this fall because Boehner has lost control. goo.gl/tSJjF (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/349191439156142080)
It's windy in the Spring.
We need to be free of same.
Barney Frank, who chaired the House committee overseeing the financial services industry, and Christopher Dodd, his Senate counterpart. Both Frank and Dodd granted Kaiser frequent interviews while they worked on the bill and encouraged their staffs to do the same.
Or consider Franks staff director, Jeanne Roslanowick, who was skeptical of a new agency to crack down on predatory lending. Roslanowick told Kaiser, presumably with a straight face, that moderate House Democrats were cool to the idea because their constituents werent interested in it. If what they were feeling back home . . . suggested the public was crying for an independent consumer protection agency, they would be responding to that, she explained. A neutral observer might suggest that Roslanowick spend less time around bank-funded Democrats. (Polls consistently showed the consumer agency to be enormously popular.)
Like any good establishmentarian, Kaiser is skeptical of public opinion, and even more so of the politicians who pander to it. His diagnosis of what ails Congress can be summarized as too much democracy. He laments the huge drop in the amount of time congressmen have spent in Washington since the 1960s, when the government paid for only three annual trips home. (There is no longer a limit.) He echoes Dodds frustration that too much of what Congress does these days trickles into the press, unlike the back-room dealing of yesteryear, and Franks concern that the financial crisis ushered in the greatest breach between elite and public opinion that I have ever seen.
Lets concede that the great unwashed can be ignorant, irrational and erratic. As Frank tells Kaiser, The voters are no bargain.
He’s pissed because over the years its been harder to get majorities in the GOP to drink the Libs koolaid or admit they like it (though from OUR point of view, THAT has still not gone far enough yet). It was nicer when MORE in the GOP were really Dims wearing a GOP label, when the Dims had more in the GOP they could count on.
In other words, Washington was “nicer” (to Mr Kaiser) when it was more like one party (not that it still isn’t to many of us).
Guess the only people good enough for Robert Kaiser are fellow liberal elites - and the criminal class that props them up.
Robert? Please. Look. Outside.
That white stuff that is on everything from Spokane to Dallas to Albany is not "someone's opinion."
When President Obama states " I am not a socialist," well, yes Robert, that is a "politician lying."
And when people such as Weber make what you believe to be "preposterous statements and act as though they believe them" you might not want to consider the sources so much as consider YOUR ability to separate the facts from the opinions.
Again, Robert, take a look outside. Heck, you might even try going for a walk out there...
I for one did in the 2000 primaries !
He’s just a little out of sorts since an internet shopkeeper took over his precious “newspaper.”
That’s the exact election to which I was referring. There was a certain FReeper at the time who was outspoken in her support of Ambassador Keyes.
It’s always windy. I went to college there and still live in NW KS. Tonight it’s windy and about 0 degrees.
It could be Kiev. The apparatchiks could be getting set on fire.
Some people don’t know when they have as good a deal as they are going to get.
I delivered the Hays Daily News in the early 60’s.