Let’s get one thing straight up front: I have no idea how I would act in front of the president. I fancy I’m not a star-struck person, susceptible to celebrity. But I’m also not a fan of confrontation, either, at least in my personal life. I tend to say something once, if the person doesn’t agree with me, or evades my question, I go on about my business and do what I want. However, in business situations I’ve been known to harass executives with hard questions and when I was involved in local, retail politics, I could get very pointed. Operative word here is ‘could.’ Sometimes I would, sometimes I would not. A lot depended on if the fight was worth investing my personal capital. I did almost call Karl Rove a war criminal once in a bookstore in San Antonio. But my ex-wife was with me and she saw it coming and shut me down. That’s one my few regrets in life.
All that being said, we are talking about the President of the United States. Honestly ask yourself how you would act before judging other bloggers, which is why I prefaced this post with a long caveat.
As to the bloggers in question, John Amato, Oliver Willis, BarbinMD, Duncan Black and Joe Sudbay, here’s who I know and who I don’t and what I think about their performance: Oliver Willis is and consistently has been an Obama cheerleader. BarbinMD blogs at DailyKos and I am not a reader of hers. I used to read Crooks and Liars every day, but what John does is more video than textual criticism. I do read Duncan almost every day (at Eschaton). And Joe Sudbay blogs with John Aravosis. Joe asked the only really substantive, hard hitting questions. Frankly, I’m surprised Duncan wasn’t more pointed about White House econ policy and I am disappointed. I expected nothing less than sycophancy from Willis, so no surprises there.
So take all that with a grain of salt. In the end, it’s no wonder Jane Hamsher wasn’t invited. I have no doubt she would have challenged Obama. Why no Glenn Greenwald, either?
Anyway, on the whole, like CJR, I’m not impressed, but I’m not condemnatory, either, because I simply don’t have a clue how I would have acted.