Now he tells us.
Who can forget Josh Marshall during the primaries where Hillary was concerned? Remember this? His “Obama blog” became notorious for singing every song for Barack Obama. Hey, everyone can have a favorite; I sure did. You just don’t expect someone to show such rank malpractice and loose-lipped blathering at a point of high drama for their chosen one.
On Wednesday, in a post entitled “Heckuva Time To Be Out”, Josh Marshall stated flatly that he wasn’t sure if Obama had it in him to fire Gen. McChrystal. No, I’m not kidding:
I was out for most of the last three hours. So I only caught the breaking news today in pings on my iPhone. My initial sense is, honestly, I wasn’t sure he had it in him. And the, I think, inspired decision (politically clever and on policy and operational grounds too) to replace McChrystal with Petraeus hadn’t occurred to me at all. More soon.
Although I disagree with Pres. Obama’s handling of many things, including health care, but especially his management of the aftermath of the BP blowout. If I didn’t think Obama had it in him to uphold the Constitution and perform serious commander in chief duties, I never in a million years would have voted for him, let alone written that he and Biden were worthy of your vote.
This important point escaped Marshall this past week.
Going further, I never at any time leading up to McChrystal’s sacking ever intimated that I believed Obama didn’t have it in him, quite the contrary. In fact, when it happened I believed it was the finest moment in his presidency so far.
Well, Marshall’s “I wasn’t sure he had it in him” post must have thrown his readers for a loop, because later the same day he started scrambling:
Earlier today I said in a couple posts that I wasn’t sure if President Obama had it in him to fire Gen. McChrystal. And then I wrote at the end of my afternoon post …
And yet, as I said a few moments ago, I’m not sure I thought he had it in him. But he did. I’ve learned something.
A number of you have written in to ask what the hell I was saying or what I meant. So I thought I’d expand briefly on what I said. …
The post continues (emphasis Marshall’s):
“First, and maybe this goes without saying, but I’m not sure I meant anything.”
So when I woke up this morning I still couldn’t quite see how President Obama could not fire McChrystal. But I also couldn’t quite imagine him doing it.
The rest of his backtracking, non-analytic stumbling is even worse. But at least he’s responsive to what his readers expect.
I can only imagine what would have happened had I given “I wasn’t sure if President Obama had it in him to fire Gen. McChrystal” analysis after Pres. Obama sacked him and appointed Petraeus. Let alone “I still couldn’t quite see how President Obama could not fire McChrystal. But I also couldn’t quite imagine him doing it.” The squeals would have shattered computer screens, and dozens of possible entries to my hate mail page would have slammed my email inbox. That’s not to mention all the caterwauling I’d have heard from the Obama “you’re still holding a grudge” ensemble.
Choir, know your conductor.