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Robert Gibbs to Professional Left: Talk to the Hand

Lots of hair-pulling on the Left.

5:50 PM, Aug 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Gibbs' comment about his cable news habit made me wonder why a grown man can't regulate his TV watching in such a way that it doesn't interfere with his job performance, but it made Huffington Post wonder if Gibbs was lashing out over a segment on MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan's show:

Shortly before he sat down Friday afternoon with The Hill's Sam Youngman, a segment aired on MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan show (ostensibly a friendlier network to the president) in which the state-aid package that Congress was considering was deemed a bailout for the teacher unions.

Or, wondered the White House's wounded allies, is the White House just distancing itself from the left wing as a matter of pure politics, to better woo moderates? Hey, it wouldn't be the first time a Democrat in a tight spot thought that was a good idea.

Meanwhile, high-profile liberal political consultant Peter Daou (most recently of Hillary's campaign) made his dismay with the White House clear on Twitter:

Good to know: @billburton44 (filling in for Gibbs) says @PressSec "answered honestly" when slamming "professional left"

Then, stuff got real. Peter Daou again:

You want petty? @billburton44 blocks me on Twitter after I criticize Obama (he was a friend and colleague at Kerry campaign)

At which point, Ben Smith at Politico had to intervene to prevent a tiff that would seriously have marred yearbook-signing day:

@peterdaou Take heart! @billburton44 says he blocked you in error, and has unblocked.

Whew, crisis averted! In other news, someone on the left bought www.ProfessionalLeft.com, ensuring that this is not the last we hear of this dust-up.

It's almost as much drama as that day George Bush implied conservative critics didn't "want to do what's right for America."

How'd that kind of thing work out for base-rallying?

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