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BLOG: Liberal pundit: I trust Daddy!

Tom Jackson • Apr 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Kevin Drum, a Mother Jones blogger, is ordinarily a reliable leftist.

But when President Obama wanted to bomb Libya -- without bothering to

ask Congress first -- Drum was OK with it:

"If it had been my call, I wouldn't have gone into Libya. But the

reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And

not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were

in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at

all, I'd literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he's

smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the

consequences of his actions, and more farsighted. I voted for him

because I trust his judgment, and I still do."

So if Obama does the same thing a Republican president would have

done, Drum is happy. He must be happy a lot these days, what with the

expansion of the war in Afghanistan, continuing air strikes in

Pakistan, etc.

Drum posted the entry on April 1, prompting fears from his critics

(such as Brian Doherty at Reason magazine) that he was posting a

satire on extreme partisanship, and that he'd come back on April 2

with a new posting, something along the lines of, "Ha, ha, ha! You

really thought I said Obama could launch a new war on a Muslim country

anytime he wanted! April Fool!"

Nope. On April 2, Drum defended his post, although he argued that

readings of it had been "hostile": "But considering that the whole

point of my post was that my trust in Obama's judgment was being

'sorely tested' and that it was only intact 'for now, anyway' — well,

it seems pretty clear to me that I'm hardly treating Obama with

'uncritical adoration'."

In fairness, Drum ordinarily seems like a good blogger. After looking

at some of the other posts, I decided to follow him. Maybe he just had

a bad day?

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