The Politico has published the first in a two part series exploring the marginalization of the GOP. Way to start stoking the fire for conspiracy theorists.

White House has targeted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest-spending pro-business lobbying group in the country; Rush Limbaugh, the country's most-listened-to conservative commentator; and now, with a new volley of combative rhetoric in recent days, the insurance industry, Wall Street executives and Fox News.

Obama aides are using their powerful White House platform, combined with techniques honed in the 2008 campaign, to cast some of the most powerful adversaries as out of the mainstream and their criticism as unworthy of serious discussion.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs has mocked Limbaugh from the White House press room podium. White House aides limited access to the Chamber and made top adviser Valerie Jarrett available to reporters to disparage the group. Everyone from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has piled on Fox News by contending it's not a legitimate news operation.

Yes, Faux News is a terrible excuse of programming and I would love if their racist, sexist, homophobic anchors and executives would suddenly vanish from the Earth, Left Behind-style, but instead of going to Heaven they were deposited in the scenario described by that old Got Milk? commercial:

But, that being said, I'm not thrilled with the Administration aggressively going after its opponents in this way. I'd much rather see some aggressive action toward keeping the base engaged, thinking up catchier hooks for these policy mandates, and reaching out to the communities that helped to elect Obama in 2008.


The GOP does a fine enough job digging their own grave - kicking dirt into their eyes while they're shoveling isn't really necessary.

Obama Strategy: Marginalize Most Powerful Critics [Politico]
Left Behind [Wikipedia]