From his position as a Washington Post opinion writer, Dana Milbank puts forward a number of reliably lefty opinions. Usually couched in disaffected snark, Milbank is one of the poseurs of our modern media who like to think that they skewer all sides equally. Every now and then, Milbank will criticize a Democrat, but his bile is usually reserved for Republicans. Nowhere has that bile been more on display than in his coverage of Mitt Romney over the past two years. Here's a link to a Google search of two words --"milbank" and "Romney". Scan through the headlines and acquaint yourself with his uniformly negative view of Governor Romney. And then, read this.
That's right. After two years of almost consistently negative coverage of Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate, Dana Milbank decides to take pot-shots at him for having the temerity to return to private life rather than wade into the current fiscal crisis debate. Here's Milbank: " But his failure to engage now, at a time when he could have the most
clout, reinforces the impression that his candidacy was less about
principle and patriotism than about him." I'm sorry Mr. Milbank, but for two solid years at the highest level possible, Mitt Romney attempted to define a vision in which the fiscal crisis we currently face would be minimized through his policies. HE was the guy in Iowa and New Hampshire in the cold, HE was the guy who got in the ring, HE was the guy who poured his heart and soul into his quest to help solve these problems as President. And you know what? We picked the other guy. Not only did we pick the other guy, but we picked a guy who uniformly criticized virtually every single aspect of Romney's approach to economic stewardship. Put another way, Romney and Obama represented one of the clearest choices offered American voters in since Reagan/Carter, and we chose Obama. And all along the way, you aided and abetted that choice.
Now all of a sudden, Milbank would have Romney's service? All of a sudden, Milbank has respect for Romney's capability and ideas? All of a sudden, Milbank believes that a Democratic Party that savaged Romney's candidacy and ideology is going to embrace him as a visionary?
This is an execrable hit-piece. And it is logically stupid.