David Sirota

I'm Not Done Arguing Yet
September 07, 2011

My piece in the New York Times magazine last weekend about President Obama and the left kicked up a lot of debate. The thesis was that the left's criticisms that Obama failed to secure enough stimulus. Let me address a couple objections I've seen. One argument claims that my argument hinges on the premise that those who argued for more stimulus are unimportant. Here's what I wrote: It’s worth recalling that several weeks before Obama proposed an $800 billion stimulus, House Democrats had floated a $500 billion stimulus.

McWhorter: ‘Tar Baby’ Isn’t Actually a Racist Slur
August 03, 2011

It was five years ago now that Mitt Romney and the late White House spokesman Tony Snow both spent time in the hot seat for using the term “tar baby.” Romney was referring to the Big Dig highway project in Boston, and Snow to an abstract debate. But there are those who consider the term, originally referring to something difficult to free oneself from once touched, a racial slur.

Is Obama Meaner To Liberals Than To Conservatives?
August 04, 2010

Over at Daily Kos, David Sirota says President Obama is meaner to the left than he is to Republicans:  Yesterday at OpenLeft, I wrote a post about how the Obama administration unduly shies away from confrontation with Republicans and conservatives. Whether this is a product of the president's personal fetishization of conciliation or a product of a right-of-center political ideology none of us can know because none of us are in his head.

I'd Pay For Orszag's Starbucks, Too.
April 02, 2009

Imagine opening the Washington Post to read this: OBAMA ADVISOR KILLS PEDESTRIANBudget Director Was Blackberrying and Reaching for Secure Phone While Driving Probably not a good thing, huh? But I have to wonder if that's what David Sirota had in mind when he decided to write an item about Budget Director Peter Orszag earlier this week. The occasion for the item was a profile of Orszag that ran in The New York Times. It was not a policy piece; rather, it was a color profile and a rather positive one at that.

Double Enmity
October 02, 2006

If they didn’t hate each other so much, David Sirota and Dan Gerstein might be friends. They certainly have a lot in common. Both are in their thirties. Both are Jewish. And both are Democratic operatives. But their greatest similarity is their shared love of vicious political combat.