One of the first insults you hear on the playground is, “He can dish it out, but he can’t take it”. That certainly applies to Republicans.
This morning on MSNBC, reliable GOP hack and Karl Rove stenographer Mark Halperin called Barack Obama a “dick” for daring to criticize Congress yesterday. (I guess the president doesn’t know his role is simply to be a punching bag for Eric Cantor.)
And I love how you’re never supposed to say anything mean about the courageous — yet oh so delicate! — Paul Ryan. Jim Geraghty at National Review Online still hasn’t forgiven Obama for getting in Wonder Boy’s face a few months ago:
As we recall from his attacks upon Paul Ryan at GWU, the Supreme Court justices at the State of the Union, and his jabs at Pete Hoekstra, Obama loves to go after his opponents in national addresses, with his targets in the audience, unable to respond. In the setting of the grandiose national address, there is rarely a rebuttal. Any interruption to dispute the facts — like, say, Rep. Joe Wilson yelling out, “You LIE!” during an address to Congress — comes across as rude to the office of the presidency. The Supreme Court is completely unused to being criticized to their faces; members of Congress are used to the back-and-forth of debates on the floor in which every accusation and assertion can be rebutted and cross-examined.
What a bunch of wusses.