White House press secretaries have traditionally shied away from
belittling the president's most valuable political constituency in a
public setting, a precedent Robert Gibbs broke from yesterday
when he took aim at disquieted members of the
"professional left." Brilliant move, says the Washington Post's Ruth
, who argues the Washington spin cycle is not incompatible
with the occasional dropping of truth. "I'm with Gibbs," she writes
today. "The complainers from the left are, in some combination, myopic,
forgetful and deranged...Can these people not count to 60?" No doubt
today someone in the White House is wishing he came up with that last
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