CBS News Director: Obama Must Go for the Throat

A month ago I wrote, in a piece on FrontPage Mag called “The Art of Class War,” that progressives aren’t interested in coexistence or bipartisanship with the right; they want total domination and our eventual extinction. Last Friday an article subtly titled “Go for the Throat!” appeared on the leftist website Slate in which their chief political correspondent John Dickerson openly confirmed my point, calling for President Obama to destroy the Republican party in his second term.

Writing just prior to Obama’s inaugural ceremony, Dickerson strategized,

The challenge for President Obama’s speech is the challenge of his second term: how to be great when the [D.C.] environment stinks… Washington’s partisan rancor, the size of the problems facing government, and the limited amount of time before Obama is a lame duck all point to a single conclusion: The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat. [Emphasis added]

Thank you, Mr. Dickerson, for putting your party’s totalitarian ruthlessness on the table in plain sight. Thank you for removing any lingering doubt that yours is the fascist party of hatred and intolerance, not to mention lack of diversity where it counts – the diversity of ideas.

Dickerson asserts that Obama has two options as he enters his second term: on the one hand, he can simply be the caretaker to what Dickerson calls “the achievements of his first term. He’d make sure health care reform is implemented, nurse the economy back to health, and put the military on a new footing after two wars.” (Allow me to correct Dickerson here: he means Obama would make sure that his health care leviathan drags us all down into a Euro-socialist wasteland, continue to drive the economy off a cliff, and decimate our military.)

But, Dickerson says with an admiration born of the cult of personality so central to the left’s totalitarianism, “he’s not going for caretaker”; Obama is “more ambitious than that” (most definitely) and is not “content to ride out the second half of the game in the Barcalounger” (definitely not – he’s more likely to ride out the second half of the game on the golf course, where he spent much of the first half).

“How should the president proceed then, if he wants to be bold?” asks Dickerson rhetorically. Press harder for bipartisan consensus? Schmooze with Republicans, perhaps even – shudder – compromise with them? Perish the thought, Dickerson concludes, blaming the Republicans for hindering the progressive march toward Utopia:

That’s the old way. He has abandoned that. He doesn’t think it will work and he doesn’t have the time. As Obama explained in his last press conference, he thinks the Republicans are dead set on opposing him. They cannot be unchained by schmoozing. Even if Obama were wrong about Republican intransigence, other constraints will limit the chance for cooperation. Republican lawmakers worried about primary challenges in 2014 are not going to be willing partners. He probably has at most 18 months before people start dropping the lame-duck label in close proximity to his name.

God knows the radical left resents constraints on their impatient political power grabs. So what’s an Alinsky-steeped former community organizer to do?

Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition’s most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray.

Dickerson credits Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek for this theory of what distinguishes the legendary transformational presidents from the mere caretakers. “In order for a president to be transformational,” Dickerson summarizes about the academic’s work, “the old order has to fall as the orthodoxies that kept it in power exhaust themselves.” He concedes that Obama didn’t succeed in his first term with his “gambit… to build a new post-partisan consensus”; of course, by post-partisan consensus, he means the Democrats get their way on every issue and the Republicans shut up, set aside their principles, and surrender every point. “But,” he continues,

by exploiting the weaknesses of today’s Republican Party, Obama has an opportunity to hasten the demise of the old order by increasing the political cost of having the GOP coalition defined by Second Amendment absolutists, climate science deniers, supporters of “self-deportation” and the pure no-tax wing.

So Obama’s aim should be to redefine the right as ossified extremists, and then precipitate the fall of “the old order.”

So what, you say? Someone at some leftist website has exposed the radicalism we already knew defined them. Yes, but his openness is indicative of broader support. As Fox News’ Brit Hume pointed out, Dickerson is not just Slate’s “chief political correspondent” but is also CBS News’ political director. Big Hollywood’s John Nolte notes that a political director at CBS News “is now comfortable openly calling for the destruction of the Republican Party,” knowing he will not be excommunicated or even chastised for it by his mainstream collaborators – I mean, colleagues.

That’s because a second election victory for the post-American president has emboldened the radical forces that propelled him there, and the progressives smell blood. Total victory is within their grasp, they sense, so they no longer feel the need to hide their true goals.

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  • AdinaK

    The leftist media is anti-American and they are joined at the hip with the Radical-in-Chief –

    They are a mortal danger to the Republic.
    Adina kutnicki, Israel –

  • FPF

    Dickerson sounds like a Islamist, he carefully avoid the words "stay away when the head falls off". As a matter of fact, the leftist will do every terrible things if they can to realize their ideology. Unfortunately many people who think the leftist are on their side to help them financially will find it a terrible nightmare and those people may never be able to wake up alive.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "God knows the radical left resents constraints on their impatient political power grabs."

    What's news is how little effort they make to hide it now.

  • Tan

    My message to the Left: bring it on! But that would be a very unwise thing for them to do because once their sleeping giant has awakened, the conservative's sleeping giant will also awaken. There, now were even.

    • @HereticsCrusade

      LOL. Both Parties are "Zombies Walking"!
      My friend, the real news is that BOTH parties need to fade away; rather, ALL political parties need to wither away.
      Political Parties serve no purpose from the point of view of all citizens' benefit; instead they only benefit their leadership, the people who work for them, and whomever they can get to trade their soul for the promise of being on the "right side"; they forget that life is not a zero-sum game, and there that can be any number of both 'winners' and 'losers', from nobody to everybody!
      Think about that one bit about forcing the Republicans to confront their idiots… I Love It!
      Of course, MY ideas about what the radical ideas are, and what the Man from CBS listed are quite different.
      I want to see the theocratics, the anti-evolutionists, the anti-free-speech & religion jerks (not always theocratic; really a timid form of fascist in that they 'work the system' instead of the being spell-bound by the characteristic Leftist obsession with 'gaming the system'.), anti-human body(ists?) who are completely "potty trained" to consider certain types of nudity in certain places to be forbidden on completely arbitrary and illogical grounds that are virtually always religious in origin.)
      Basically the hung-up and stupid; both of whom have far too much power in both Parties for the average citizen's comfort.
      Pulling the handle and flushing the more "devout" of those sorts could not help but benefit the Republican Party's ability to get the citizens to agree that they are a Party that can lead, not from the Left or the Right but, from Reality.
      "In the Box, Out of the Box; you fool, there IS NO BOX! Just solve the problem!"

  • Jocelyn B

    And that is supposed to be an objective political analysis? The US media are so in love with Obama, and many international media (BBC anyone?) have followed suit.

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    There is no difference between John Dickerson and Joseph Goebbels.

    • cjk

      Chipping around the edges, but true none the less. The central truth is that the Democrat/Media hierarchy is no different than the Nazi/Soviet/Maoist hierarchy. When they gain political power to the same extent, they will WITHOUT DOUBT act in EXACTLY the same manner.
      They are that bad and hopefully people will start understanding that reality before it's too late.
      There IS going to be blood, my main concern at this point is how much and who wins.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "There is no difference between John Dickerson and Joseph Goebbels."

      The uniform and the native language spoken. Nothing significant though.

  • pierce

    It is too bad that the new philosophy is "It is my way or the highway." It does not and should not be the philosophy in Washington, D.C., but with Obama, that is what it has come to be. He has become almost intolerably arrogant. He is so cock sure of himself, and those who trail behind him, praising his every word and deed, it has become almost sickening.

  • Demetrius M

    I think it's well past the time to consider any media as objective. They (CNN,ABC,CBS,NBC-God only knows where Fox is anymore) might as well just come out of the closet and admit they are the voice of the democrate party and islamic organizations. Everyone knows it, even my liberal friends.
    Perhaps they feel they can say as they please because no one is watching anyway.

    • Questions

      Democrats, sort of. Muslims, no way. Outside of the repellent Al-Jazeera, I can't think of any TV news organization that peddles jihad.

  • tagalog

    The quote in the commentary says Obama has only about 18 months before he lapses into lame duck status?

    Lord, hasten the day!

  • antisharia

    I ask, in all seriousness, how much more can we take? When are we, patriotic Americans, going to realize that the end game of progressivism is depostism? A boot stomping on the face of humanity forever. When are we going to realize that the way to confront this totalitarianism isn't with pretty words, debates, petitions, or protests? Our forebearers kicked out the British for a lot less than this, and we're sitting around taking the abuse while singing "the sun will come out tomorrow" to ourselves. The GOP will probably never have another important victory again, and even if if does it will never be able to undo what Obama has done, just like we couldn't undo what FDR or LBJ did. How much more can we be asked to endure from a broken system and politicians who seek the erasure of all constitutional restraints and liberties? The way to protecting America's freedoms isn't the 2016 election, it's doing what is right and telling the dear leader that we'll obey his edicts on a cold day in hell.

    • Drakken

      How much more can we take? When the progressives start coming for our guns and take steps to do so, then when Joe Average American says not only no, but hell no, that is when things will change.

  • Asher

    Wonder if the GOP understands that the Left wants to be the ruling and only party. The Left wants to permanently eliminate the jobs of lawmakers who do not succumb to a Radical agenda and society. As of yet they have seemed unaware of the kind of tactics these people are capable of. As nations loose freedoms, more corruption and chaos will occur.

    • Rifleman

      Sorry, that was supposed to be a thumbs up until I sneezed.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "Obama Must Go for the Throat" –

    ~ Yeah, but it's his disfiguring avenue through our back pocket that is the real killer!


    Dickerson is why I don't watch CBS Evening News anymore.

    I can't stand smug Scott Pelley or his predecessor Katie Couric.


    Dickerson demonstrates that CBS is partisan. It can no longer claim to be unbiased and able to report on the News of the day.

    Dickerson wants a totalitarian, one-party rule country under the banner of socialism..

    Dickerson must go. CBS must fire him or CBS will be known as the Commies Broadcasting Socialism network.

    We see how "great" socialism works in the UK, Greece, Spain, Russia.

  • SoCalMike

    Dickerson is a career parasite and a false prophet.
    This is precisely what I have come to expect from religious zealots brainwashed into worshiping the government.
    None of these parasites and false prophets are rational thinkers.
    They are mentally conformed and conditioned to worship the government and they never miss the chance to cram their false god down every else's throat.
    Imagine what he thought he was going to be when he grew up only to become a lap dog and priest for extolling the virtues of state power.

  • BS77

    The leftist media has become the Fourth Branch of Government. Welcome to Animal Farm where the politicians live like Louis XVI as taxes on the middle class and working poor go up… our nation nears bankruptcy, as fifty million Americans are on food stamps……it's a sad spectacle…but The Sheeple have spoken (voted) and get what they deserve..

  • BLJ

    Take out the "erson" and it pretty much sums up this pinhead. The MSM is my enemy just as much as Obama and his Islamist allies are.

    • cjk

      I'm with ya and I think that the MSM is even more so in the vanguard leading towards fascism than the democratic party. If you can even make a serious distinction between the two.

  • marios

    Dem's thirsty of Power forever, it is only they want as all commies. It was the same in all socia..stic countries starting from Russian revolution 1917. To seize Power socia..sts first seized control over MSM and Educational Institutions (over youth mind). It is scenario and our nowadays beloved country is not exclusion. After commies seized Power first what they did always was disarmed their people. Why GOP slept over all those steps is puzzle to me. Are they so much naive and ignorant? But it is hope (thanks to our Founding Fathers and their Constitution) that Rep's feeling horrible danger to their own existence will wake up and will consolidated with Tea movement. We, conservatives should push them writing letters demanding bold and alas, unpopular for gullible people actions, calling to our Representatives and Senators, signing petitions, etc. We also should talk with people starting with our own families/children to convince them using facts that country going to suicide under Dem's reign. WE too should be proactive but not just bla-bla-bla people (my opinion).

    • john Stone

      For what it is worth, the first great Lefty power grab was the French Revolution. They so disgraced themselves that they put off modernizing Europe for around two generations.

  • cjk

    The only reason the fascist left isn't imprisoning and MURDERING their opposition is because they can't ………….. YET.

    Anyone who does not fully comprehend the truth of my above statement is in Pollyanna Land, has no knowledge of history, and no understanding of human nature.

  • Rifleman

    Few in the GOP ever understood the nature of the left, and that to them politics isn't a game, it is war. Like every other commie in the world, democrats don't negotiate in good faith, and they aren't constrained by legality or morality. The GOP isn't ever going to get the same forgiveness, consideration, and power sharing they showed the left. Sound military doctrine is to pursue defeated enemies and destroy them in detail before they can escape or regroup. The left doesn’t even consider the GOP a legitimate political party, or conservatism a legitimate political view, so that’s exactly what the dp/left will attempt to do.

  • clarespark

    I have never been so apprehensive as I am now for the future of our "democracy." See…. We are clearly in a proto-fascist situation, and won't the rich Democrats be surprised when the Obama forces go all the way to full-throated statism. Call it state capitalism or something else, it won't matter. "Citizen Obama, political pluralism, and the elusive search for Unity."

  • Daniel MacDonald

    It seems to me as a Canadian, with a passion for American politics, that what American needs at this time in history is a new Centrist Oriented Party. Your Republicans have become a moribund exstream right wing organization while the Dems have oriented themselves to the exstream left. Both groups have lost sight of the "Art of the Compromise" and America has nowhere to go but down until a centrist party takes the helm and runs your country with all Americans in mind when legislative efforts ore proposed.

    • Drakken

      You don't understand American politics period, the repubs if they go any more left will be the democrats. A line in the sand has to be drawn somewhere.

      • EarlyBird

        Hi again, Killer.

        "You don't understand American politics period, the repubs if they go any more left will be the democrats."

        But you think that any American politician who hasn't carpet bombed every blue state in the country is a left wing, lilly livered "communist!"

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "But you think that any American politician who hasn't carpet bombed every blue state in the country is a left wing, lilly livered "communist!""

          When did Allen West carpet bomb anywhere? He only fights foreign enemies.

    • Western Canadian

      If you actually were a Canadian with a passion for American politics…. you couldn’t possibly have posted such a load of drivel. The Dems are hard line left wing, with no ability to compromise, and a love of smearing and demonizing anyone less left wing then they are. The Reps are nowhere, failing to stand up for their beliefs and standards, bending on one knee to try to gain favour with a very dishonest “news” media…. Anyone who says that the Reps are extreme or have to many ‘crazies’, is an idiot or a liar.

  • Neils60

    Mr. Dickerson is merely reflecting the mindset of most of the CBS News department. And the term "News" is used very,very loosely.

  • Felice

    Ben Hecht, in his screenplay for Nothing Sacred, says it all. "I will tell you what I think of nespapermen. The hand of God, reaching down into the mire, could not elevate one of them to the depths of degradation."

  • EarlyBird

    Boo hoo. The Republican Party declared war on Obama before he finished his acceptance speech in Chicago in 2008. They waged war on him and decided that their main mission was to make him a one term president. They have obstructed every possible move he's made, every possible nomination he's made, etc.

    We are living in a very, very polarized time in history (as this site clearly demonstrates). Republicans are masters at playing hardball, and Obama is finally catching on that trying to be a healer doesn't work. Let's not start whining that he's suddenly trying to play the very game that Republicans are masters at.

    Stop crying, and engage.

    • cjk

      Your boy Oscumma would murder and imprison his opposition if he could you jerk
      People like you are the enemies of all freedom lovers and law abiders.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The Republican Party declared war on Obama before he finished his acceptance speech in Chicago in 2008."

      You can say whatever you want. We're used to delusional statements with no basis in fact. Hilary was a lot tougher on 0'Bama than any Republican was, until 0'Bama started having his surrogates complain about racism every time someone disagreed. That got people pissed off, me included.

      I was hopeful after the election because so many people saw it as a victory. I thought the young president would waste a lot of time because of his experience. I didn't know he was under the influence or even control of so many enemy entities of the USA.

      Anyone defending 0'Bama is an enemy of the USA as it exists in reality.

      • Western Canadian

        Amazing. Every statment in this post, is rubbish. But then the hard left always does accuse those opposing it of every vile and criminal thing that they themselves love to do.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Gee, putting McCain against 0'Bama was a sign of war. Look how McCain treated the zero. McCain was practically celebrating the nation's first "black" president before election day arrived.

        • EarlyBird

          Nope. Actually, here's video of McConnell stating that the GOP's main mission is to make Obama a one term president. Of course, you'll now say it's a fake video made up by Islamist Democrat Marxist Jihadists Aliens or something.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Original statement by EarlyBird: "The Republican Party declared war on Obama before he finished his acceptance speech in Chicago in 2008."

            Evidence provided by EarlyBird:

            "Make Obama a one-term president" 2010 comment

            In an interview with National Journal magazine published October 23, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Asked whether this meant "endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president," McConnell clarified that "if [Obama is not] willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him."[38]

            The early bird might have caught the worm now and then, but you should have been more concerned about losing your mind. The actual facts are completely consistent with everything I've said. You on the other hand choked again. I guess we're used to it though. It's almost like your paid to make liberals like yourself look delusional.

            Try working out the facts before forming your opinions, or at least before publishing them.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "They have obstructed every possible move he's made, every possible nomination he's made, etc. "

      Occasionally , the way policeman make an effort to stop criminals.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama is finally catching on that trying to be a healer doesn't work."

      Wow. 0'Bama at first tried to heal the wounds of Jihad in Egypt, The problem is that he got his narratives backwards and became the enemy. How is acting in accordance with the wishes of our most dangerous enemies supposed to "unite the nation?"

      Even if he was sincere, he was truly retarded to think he could launch an appeasement campaign abroad while supposedly mending fences domestically. It's contradictory even before he started to execute only as a traitor could.

  • Ghostwriter

    That's rich,coming from someone like EarlyBird,who peddles the most disgusting garbage against Jews.

    • EarlyBird

      Really? “Garbage against Jews”? Such as? Link me to something wherein I’ve attacked Jews. I’ve attacked Jewish Americans for putting Israel ahead of their own nation’s interests, but have never attacked their Jewishness.

      As an example, I think you’re an idiot, but not because you’re a ghost writer, nor would I assume all ghost writers are idiots. See?

      Oh and I love how right wing Neanderthals suddenly get deeply concerned about bigotry when it comes to Jews. Hah! What a difference a right-wing political coaltion makes.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Oh and I love how right wing Neanderthals suddenly get deeply concerned about bigotry when it comes to Jews. Hah! What a difference a right-wing political coaltion makes."

        You simply don't know what bigotry is. You've learned the Doublespeak lexicon without understanding plain English.

        • EarlyBird

          Funny how the moment you read "right wing Neanderthals" you're sure I'm speaking to you!

          • Ghostwriter

            Well,EarlyBird,you're a prime example of a left wing Neanderthal.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Funny how the moment you read "right wing Neanderthals" you're sure I'm speaking to you!"

            It's moot who you're talking to. I'm concerned about ideas, not personal attacks. In any case, you never quite come up with any of the goods to complete your theories. It seems to satisfy you if you can even hope to have the last word, as if content simply doesn't matter. You don't believe facts matter, otherwise you wouldn't consider them to be so fluid and flexible. Like providing a statement from late 2010 as supposed evidence about the "conspiracy" against 0'Bama you say began before he was elected in 2008.

            Now back to this sub-thread: Can you give me any fact-based examples of mainstream bigotry associated with the Republican Party or conservatism? The KKK does not count.

            Leftists like you have defined "bigotry" as anyone contradicting your "victim classes" theories. I wonder if you know the English definition. Dismissing something as bigotry started out as a tactic to divert listeners from investigating whether or not the claim might be true and relevant or even important. Obviously when you have people trying to kill you, a complete discussion of the facts becomes far more important than the murderer's "religious feelings."

            Using words to thwart murderous plots is not bigotry. It's love of mankind. Most people would have resorted to weapons already if they had access. Conservatives love mankind. They want to conserve critical Western values.

            You are simply a confused bird whose stomach might be full of worms, but whose head is almost empty.

  • john Stone

    I saw a movie once, I forget the name, where a bunch of college friends got together years later. One of them went into politics, and his ex friends wanted to talk to him about ideological issues. He would not do it. His explanation was that politics was just another way of making money and that is why he went into it.

    I bring it up because that is the way most Republican politicians are. They do not really have some sort of grand agenda. They just want to make some money, have a prestigious career, and then retire in comfort. That is why they roll over so easily on all these ideological issues. They really do not have any grand goals.

    Meanwhile most Republican voters think small. They are worried about their pension fund, the tax rate, or how much money the firm will make next year. Marx got it right when he said, "they will sell the rope you hang them with." The same comment goes with what I will call the handout Democrats. They vote for the Democrat party for petty benefits but do not see the big picture.

    That is why Obama is having the success he is. His supporter are going for the grand design, the seizure of power through influence, while the average voter is just worried about whether his check will show up, and hoping it will be a little bigger than last time.

    • EarlyBird

      I disagree, John. Surely there are politicians who just want the power and prestige of being in power, period. It seems that once people have a taste of this power it is very, very tough to let go, regardless of party.

      But I believe the vast majority of politicians start off with a real sense of wanting to do good for the country and their constituencies. The sickness in Washington, however, quickly requires that to stay in power and "do good," one must immediately start selling out to interests which will either support or destroy you in your next campaign. Fund raising for the next campaign starts literally the day one starts his new term. It's terrible and that is at the heart of our political rot.

      Professional lobbying, i.e., thinly veiled and fully legal bribery, is ruining our democracy. I don't like it, but ultimately must support, therefore, public funding only, of elections.

  • nina

    Obama a healer! HA HA HA! Thanks for making me laugh.