One aspect of abuse that is particularly traumatic is the passivity that the perpetrator forces upon the victim. Being forced into a passive position is almost always painful, and, especially when not allowed to defend oneself, it is infuriating; helpless rage is humiliating and evokes rage and depression. (Please note, there are people who will actively seek out and engineer their own passivity, but this is a more complicated psychological construct.)
Since shortly after the Iraq war began, the LSM (LameStreamMedia) and the Democrats have subjected the President to escalating, shrill, often contradictory attacks. Essentially, everything that Bush has ever done has been wrong. There are all sorts of transference implications in this; the various accusations, that the President is responsible for global warming, for the insurgency in Iraq, for New Orleans, for there not being enough troops in Iraq, for not pulling our troops out as soon as possible. for ______________ (fill in the blank) has irrational features which suggest the demonizing has deep roots unrelated to the specific policy disagreements. The LSM has not found any threshold under which they would not stoop if it could harm Bush. They are at it again in the face of the nomination of Sam Alito to the SCOTUS.
Scott McClellen is a milquetoast. If John Roberts had dared to ask me, as he did McClellen, whether Judge Alito represented “sloppy seconds,” I would have narrowed my eyes and, after a beat, suggested very quietly to Roberts that his question was unworthy a White House reporter, and that it said nothing at all about Alito or the president, but it spoke VOLUMES about Roberts, himself.
McClellen just did the “not at all,” crap.
He should have said what I wrote above, and then simply said, “this conference is over - I will meet with you ladies and gentlemen again when you can comport yourselves appropriately,” and walked out. Or maybe just walked out without saying anything else.
It would have demonstrated to the press that there are BOUNDARIES. And it would have made the press, perhaps take a look at themselves. Would they report it? How could they slam McClellen if they did? Their own member behaved like a boorish clod.
The good news in this is, I suspect, that in many ways, the last week has been the peak of the crescendo of noisome noise coming out of the LSM/Democrats.