A "Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects" for Media Matters for America. He'd be little more than a sycophantic, walking joke if some people didn't take him seriously enough to let him go on shows like Larry King or write for them, such as TAPPED.
In his big acceptance speech in Denver, Barack Obama said among many, many other things:
Passions fly on immigration, but I don't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers.
Family separation is one of the risks of illegal activity, whether selling illegal clothing or working illegally. The only two ways to have prevented and to prevent such separation is to either completely open the borders or try to reduce illegal immigration as much as possible. Needless to say, Barack Obama has taken every chance to support illegal immigration.
And, of course, employers benefit greatly from hiring illegal workers, something that, through his support for illegal immigration, BHO has supported.
As for this:
So let us agree that patriotism has no party.
Back in 2006, BHO marched in support of illegal immigration at an event organized by people linked to the Mexican government, including an official with Mexico's PRD Party. Instead of doing the patriotic thing and investigating such meddling, BHO assisted the meddlers. Pardon me if I don't fully believe his claims to be patriotic.
On a more Paul Waldman-esque point, consider:
They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values.
I suspect that Obama's speech writers are even more in tune with Beavis and Butthead than I am, so I have trouble thinking something like that was unintentional.
Congratulations to Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America, who's just now won the BOSA, also known as the Barack Obama Sycophant Award, the Toady, the Yglesias, and other names too numerous to mention!
Last seen here calling the NAFTA Superhighway a myth and then admitting that it exists in one form, Waldman contributes to the American Prospect's TAPPED. BOSA judges "tapped" the following excerpt from this post as one of the reasons for the award. Referring to BHO, Waldman says:
He has always presented himself as the embodiment of what we all want America to be: inclusive, future-oriented, moving beyond our differences to embrace what binds us together. So patriotic talk isn’t something he has recently embraced, it’s actually at the heart of his narrative, which has been consistent from day one.
Now, that's sycophancy!
But, the judges also awarded him the Smithers Tassle to go with the main award for the article "McCain's Desperate Debate Gambit":
John McCain knows his campaign is in trouble, and so he's trying to pressure Barack Obama into a long series of town hall meetings. But speeches are the real way the president appeals to the public.
That whole participatory democracy thing where we press our politicians on their lies was getting so old. Much better to just sit there and listen to Barack Obama read a script someone else has written rather than trying to ask him about his frequent lies and misleading statements.
It will be difficult for others to achieve the level of sheer sycophantic slaggishness that Waldman has, but many others will surely try in the near future.