Politico Criticizes Obama For Following Advice Offered By Politico
Wednesday, Politico offered President Obama some advice on how to approach his afternoon deficit speech in a piece titled “7 things Obama needs to do.” And for some reason, MediaMatters’ Simon Maloy actually read the damn thing, and was surprised to learn that the piece actually offered all sorts of conflicting advice — almost as if Politico should maybe stay out of this whole “advice to presidents” game.
How conflicting was it? In the second paragraph, they advise the president to “signal to Republicans that he’s open to compromise.” In paragraph 5, they caution “no matter what Obama says Wednesday, he won’t go far enough to satisfy most Republicans.” Which would tend to make the whole “signalling an openness to compromise” part a pretty useless endeavor.
Then, beginning in paragraph 11, they specifically direct the president to beat up on Paul Ryan. By which I mean they title a whole section: “Beat up on Rep. Paul Ryan.” “On his budget plan, at least,” reads the caveat, lest anyone incur liability for encouraging the president to literally assault the chair of the House Budget Committee.