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March 01, 2013 10:37 AM Caddell To Woodward: Why Aren’t You Writing About Benghazi! Benghazi!?

By Ed Kilgore

Perhaps the only really interesting thing about Bob Woodward’s return to temporary Beltway celebrity is the ambivalence of conservatives about accepting this particular convert to their war-tents. A lot of them haven’t forgiven him for his original role in Watergate, or his conspicuous embodiment of the Liberal Media As Folk Heroes meme afterwards. Some are actually embarrassed by the particulars of his current conflict with the White House, and his slippery characterization of unctuous emails from Gene Sperling as intimidating, in a way clearly intended to compare Obama’s White House to Nixon’s.

But there’s one group of conservative gabbers who have a particular motive for embracing Woodward: former liberals who find his sudden presence in their ranks as proof positive that Obama represents a Democratic Party which has lurched insanely to the left, making their own apostasy a badge of honor rather than shame.

So naturally, here’s Pat Caddell with a piece for the Fox News web page entitled: “Obama is the closest thing to Nixon we’ve seen in 40 years.” Gaze in awe:

In my lifetime, in over 40 years in national politics, Mr. Obama is the only president who comes close to rivaling Richard Nixon for fundamental disingenuousness.
However, some things never change, just as Woodward and Bernstein were attacked then by the establishment mainstream media for daring to question a president — or do a story that they wouldn’t touch — they are once again attacking Woodward the way they did when he and Carl Bernstein pursed Watergate.

Watch how quickly Caddell makes this about himself:

As the youngest person on Nixon’s enemies list in 1972, I am particularly sensitive to a White House where they have utter disregard for trampling on dissent and on the rights of individuals.

And then pivots to the issue Woodward is not writing about: Benghazi! Benghazi!

Since Benghazi, when I raised the alarm about a media that was not only willing to blatantly support one political party or one political a candidate but for the first time seemed willing to suppress or ignore the facts and truth as related to a disaster of American foreign policy, my fear has been that we are now on a slippery slope. Almost everything since then has helped to realize that fear. Chuck Hagel, the sequester, Mr. Obama’s speeches — all of these have revealed a mainstream press that has absolutely decided to wear its bias openly as outriders of the Obama administration….
What this Woodward, White House sequester battle highlights is the crisis in our democracy. Not so much for what it says about Mr. Obama and his administration but for what it says about the establishment press and all the members of my own party.

Yes, Caddell is the only True Democrat. All those tens of millions of other Democrats are the heretics, not he. So while he’s pleased Woodward has given him a rare opportunity to remind people he was once someone who didn’t make his living providing “bipartisan” cover for some of the more psychotic right-wing perspectives, he needs more:

As much as I have always admired Bob Woodward and admire now him in the sequester fight and for his willingness to take on the White House, I cannot refrain from expressing my disappointment that this man, who did such a service for the country 40 years ago, has essentially taken himself off the boards of the Benghazi fiasco. I wish that if Woodward were to get in a fight, he would do it on an issue that really matters to the safety of the United States.

C’mon into the fever swamps, Bob! The water’s fine!

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • jim filyaw on March 01, 2013 10:56 AM:

    reading caddell makes me yearn for the honesty,intelligence, and reasonableness of say, louie gohmert, michelle bachmann, or marsha blackburn. caddell's inclusion on nixon's list was truly an unwarranted honor.

  • Josef K on March 01, 2013 10:59 AM:

    “Obama is the closest thing to Nixon we’ve seen in 40 years.”

    If that were true, I daresay Cadell and company wouldn't be in any condition to write this nonsense. The dead the disappeared rarely are. And does Cadell really want to compare this Administration to the one immediately before it for "disingenuousness"?

  • c u n d gulag on March 01, 2013 11:08 AM:

    Having this insignifigant moron on his "Enemies List," just proves that Nixon wasn't just "evil," he was "stupid," too!

  • biggerbox on March 01, 2013 11:16 AM:

    Yeah, Pat. What Bob Woodward really needs to do at this point is listen to the guy who was behind Carter's "malaise" speech, and was a marketing consultant for New Coke. And you're not fooling me, I know you weren't on the original Enemies List of 20 people, but were one of 576 on the Second Enemies List, mostly staffers on the McGovern campaign.

    Go home, Pat. You bother me.

  • bigtuna on March 01, 2013 11:17 AM:

    I am getting to this party late - - but why would anyone care about what Bob Woodward thinks, etc.? this looks like a huge inside the beltway self adsorbtion pit.

    Meanwhile, people will start getting the cuts today.

  • martin on March 01, 2013 11:30 AM:

    for the first time seemed willing to suppress or ignore the facts and truth as related to a disaster of American foreign policy

    WTF? This has got to be the most ahistorical of the week. Where do we start? The Maine? The Phillipines? Bay of Pigs? Jeez, what an ego.

  • Nancy Cadet on March 01, 2013 11:34 AM:

    Regarding comparisons to Nixon, I recommend reading Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland" --a meticulously researched and documented, lively history of much more than Nixon. As Perlstein explains in the preface, he's investigating how the politics of fear and resentment came to be adopted & used as conservatives' favorite weapon.

    Even if you lived through those years, or had a friend , relative or colleague on the enemies list,you will probably learn something new here . Know your enemy!

  • max on March 01, 2013 12:02 PM:

    Yes, Caddell is the only True Democrat. All those tens of millions of other Democrats are the heretics, not he.

    For a value of 'Democrat' == 'Dixiecrat'.

    And there really *aren't* too many of those left.

    max
    ['Is it fair to point out that all the really purely partisan (in the Beltway sense of pure partisan) Democrats seem to have gone over to the R's since 2000?']

  • lou on March 01, 2013 12:42 PM:

    "disingenuousness"
    As opposed to Bush and Cheney who claimed they knew more about Iraq's arms than they or anyone in the west really did? While undermining and discrediting the arms inspection process at the same time?
    4 Americans killed in Bengazi as compared with thousands of needless deaths and incalculable opportunity costs in Iraq?

    WTF? Perspective and proportion indeed!

  • Rick B on March 01, 2013 1:57 PM:

    So where is Caddell on the way the Bush/Cheney/Rice administration lied America into invading Iraq?

    Gee those crickets sound loud all of a sudden.

  • The Hornet on March 01, 2013 5:45 PM:

    IIRC -- Pat Caddell was portrayed as something of a heroic young political genius in Hunter Thompson's "F&L on the Campaign Trial." Forty years later, I think the good doctor -- were he still with us -- would have a few choice words (none of them good) about the cretinous troll young Pat turned out to be.

  • T-Rex on March 02, 2013 9:43 AM:

    "a media that was not only willing to blatantly support one political party or one political a candidate but for the first time seemed willing to suppress or ignore the facts and truth as related to a disaster of American foreign policy . . . "

    For the first time? Good lord God, where was this man during the Iraq war?!?!?