The White House and Name-Calling

What's up with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs?

He's really been ratcheting up the name-calling in recent days, going after anyone who dares criticize President Obama or his policies.

The most recent dust-up occurred Monday when Gibbs laid into former Vice President Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. He said Cheney is the second most popular member of the "Republican cabal."

There was a similiar diatribe directed at CNBC's Rick Santelli and Jim Kramer. And some in the national media are piling onto the White House modus operandi to attack those who do not fall into step with their dictates.

The front cover of Newsweek featured a disturbing image of Rush Limbaugh with what appears to be black tape stretched across his mouth.  The article was written by David Frum, best described as an elitist-conservative. Frum argues that Limbaugh's criticism of President Obama may be hurting the Republican party. Really?

As The Washington Times so deftly noted, Frum backed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 Republican Presidential Primary. Mr. Giuliani was the "pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environment, pro-immigration, pro-education reform - the ideal nominee for women, independents and educated professionals."

The message coming from some political and media circles is to either agree with the White House or shut up. There was a time in this nation that debate and disagreement was not only welcomed in Washington, but it was expected.  So -- should Gibbs lay off Rush and other critics or keep up the rhetoric?

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