Unethical Quote of the Week, Sequester Ethics Train Wreck Division: Senior White House Advisor David Plouffe

“Watching Woodward the last 2 days is like watching my idol Mike Schmidt face live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”

—  Senior White House Advisor David Plouffe, in a tweet contributing to the White House effort to undermine the credibility of journalist Bob Woodward for the crime of calling attention to some of its more unsavory maneuvers regarding the sequestration crisis.


“I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

He owes Mike an apology too.

He owes Mike an apology too.

Maybe this is what Gene Sperling meant.  Now the White House gang is suggesting that Woodward has lost it, can’t get around on the fast ball, that his time has passed, that he is, in short, an old geezer who should be put out to pasture, like 1970’s baseball great Mike Schmidt.

Democrats are quick on the trigger to accuse adversaries of coded racism, sexism, and homophobia, but appear to have no compunction at all when it comes to denigrating opponents as old, or fat. This is bigotry, you know, from a White House that has benefited mightily from planting the myth that any criticism of its primary occupant is subject to legitimate suspicion of being motivated by prejudice. Let’s see—Woodward is 68, almost 69. Harry Reid is 74. Nancy Pelosi is 72.  Justice Ginsberg and Justice Breyer, two liberal stalwarts protecting the Presidents legal flanks, are 79 and 74 respectively. Hillary Clinton, who is being pumped up for a Presidential run in 2016, will be 66 this year, and 70 by the time she runs, if she runs.  Joe Biden is older than Woodward; so is newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry. Plouffe tweet is a slur and a cheap shot, rank hypocrisy, and really stupid.

His message is that if a journalist dares to challenge this administration’s Machiavellian tactics, it must be because of creeping senility. Perfection is, naturally, holding Republican administrations to standards of integrity and honesty. Doing so with Democrats, however, is proof that a journalist has stayed to long at his desk.

He is a bigot, an ass, and I fear, an in-house assassin.

You know, I wouldn’t bet against Mike Schmidt still being able to hit one out.


Source: Instapundit

5 thoughts on “Unethical Quote of the Week, Sequester Ethics Train Wreck Division: Senior White House Advisor David Plouffe

  1. Aha, exactly what I thought would happen, though I didn’t say it in so many words in my post elsewhere. The President is still a rising star, arguably at his zenith, but Woodward could be portrayed as someone who has passed his sell-date. My suspicion that that was the tack the White House would take is confirmed. What is more, I think it is going to work – ageism, I think, is still considered a more acceptable prejudice than racism, sexism, homophobia, et al., since it can be used to imply that the other person is out of touch with the times, not looking forward, or just not as quick on the draw as he used to be, and all of these are bad things. If I had a nickel for everytime a past friend of mine said Reagan was too old for office, was senile, etc., I’d be a very rich man. However, he had nothing to say at all about Robert Byrd or Ted Kennedy, both of whom served well into their 70s (and beyond in Byrd’s case, and I don’t doubt Teddy would still be serving if cancer hadn’t had other ideas), nor about FDR, who was DYING when he was elected the final time. It’s all about whether the person advances or interferes with the chosen cause, or whether he’s wearing the other color jersey than your chosen team.

  2. At least they didn’t call Woodword a nattering nabob of negativism.
    An Ad Homonym attack is always a Red flag they don’t want to talk about the substance.

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