I haven't read Klein in quite awhile because all his blog posts are predictable -- there are no fresh ideas, no objectivity. Klein is not alone. Every so-called journalist who's a partisan warrior is more propagandist than journalist, more operative than reporter, more patsy than New Media Blogger.
So, I went to Klein's blog and it dawns on me why these smart writers like Klein are becoming irrelevant outside the Party. One needs only listen to Jay Carney or David Axelrod to know what Klein will support or condemn, praise or criticize. When Klein uses mental gymnastics in each blog post to put down Republicans and justify Democrats, it's obvious he's missing the fundamental problems. Klein's focus is winning a political battle, so each issue is an opportunity to attack the Right and strengthen the Left, although it's not the Left, per se, so much as it is the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, in that order of importance.
One can't blame Klein for being ambitious. Who knows, like his bud Chris Hayes, Klein too could have his own propaganda format on MSNBC, or maybe replace Carney. Surely The Democratic Party will reward such dedicated talent -- however, Hayes will never attain excellence and true relevance as a political/economics thinker. Political Patsies are used when needed, then quickly forgotten when current fashions or political directions change or lose popularity. Right now, Klein and the Democratic Party are riding the wave of the last election, but when the wave subsides, the fundamental problems facing our nation will remain, and they'll be worse.
Klein is optimistic that the economy will improve, and all this talk about cutting spending will fade as a few cuts go through and taxes are raised and the deficit no longer looks as scary as it does now. Klein cherry picks factoids to make his case on various issues, but as far as comprehensive political/economic analyses, well that's not useful to Klein because uncovering fundamental problems and thinking through fundamental solutions work against government as a whole. The condition of government is the main issue, not which party will win the next elections.
It's not so important that Clinton gets credit for balancing a budget over a decade ago when there was a GOP Congress, or that Bush gets blamed for the recession and current deficits, because reality doesn't keep score like this. Political-economic reality, when considering our current, fundamental political and economic problems, is a combination of all actions and interventions of a statist system, and it doesn't matter if a Republican or a Democrat is at the helm of the system, at least not in terms of deficits and debt. Deficits and debt have risen because of government actions, period.
Klein and other partisan propagandists can spend their talents propping up individual politicians, sacrificing for the Party and angling for awesome political gigs, but what's needed from intellectuals are smart analyses of the systemic problems in our government that are destroying our economy and will ultimately harm the most vulnerable in society. For all the righteous posturing from writers like Klein, in reality they show very little concern for what's best for those least capable of dealing with the problems created by our statist system of government. In fact, Klein, and others like him, want more government intervention, and they think the interventions will work out fine if only Republicans back off and let Democrats take complete control. It will be another long while before I read Klein again -- I hope by then that he's using his gift of a brain for more than a political weapon in a war with no winners.