FAIR summarizes "liberal" media efforts to tell Mr. Obama to govern from "the center" -- and surprise! The "liberal" media get the history of 1993-94 exactly wrong as a result. Also, Roy Edroso runs down right-wing bloggers' reactions to the Obama election, and they are as various and hilarious as you'd expect. Finally, Media Matters explodes the myth of America as a "center-right" country by citing five right-wing ballot initiatives that didn't pass. Media Matters disappoints me by failing to cite, in addition, the failure of anti-progressive taxation initiatives in three states, but those of you playing at home can add that to your list. (You might also add that gay-marriage ballot questions are, really, outliers -- plenty of folks who are progressive about so many things just aren't that prog when it comes to gays.)
All of this ties into a point I planned to make, but didn't make, in my extended rant last week: exhortations for Mr. Obama to govern from the center, like exhortations for Mr. Obama to make common cause with Republicans, are really attacks on the people, because the "liberal" media describes "the center" as, somehow, being in opposition to all kinds of things that most people actually want. To the "liberal" media, the center opposes universal health care, more progressive taxes, better government programs, expanded entitlements, etc., though poll after poll after poll says exactly the opposite in each case. The "liberal" media really are no better than propagandists for power. Actually, they're worse -- they're paid well-enough that they might just be indistinguishable from power.