One of those tactics involves impugning Woodward's mental faculty by implying that he is too old to remain relevant as a journalist. David Plouffe - one of Obama's hatchet men - used twitter to attack Woodward, saying (via Twitchy):
"Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated."Even Media Matters' Eric Boehlert went after Woodward's age for the same reason, despite having praised the former Watergate reporter ten days earlier (via Breitbart):
"funniest/saddest part is porr Bobby Woodward STILL doesn't seem to understand what sequester means"Boehlert posted that tweet with the hash tag, timetoretire.
So, because Woodward made an intellectually honest critique of Obama, he had suddenly become senile. This is not a new technique from the Obama camp.
Does anyone remember a guy named Gerald Walpin who was the Inspector General for AmeriCorps back in 2009? That scandal unfolded when Walpin wouldn't back down relative to charges that Obama friend and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson had misused taxpayer funds. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) pressed for more information about Walpin's abrupt firing by the White House, which was required by law to give Congress a 30 day notice of its intention to terminate any IG.
Guess what rationale the White House gave for firing Walpin. Yep, his age.
Via Hot Air at the time:
The Obama administration has tried to justify its firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin by strongly implying that the 77-year-old attorney suffers from senility. Norman Eisen, the White House lawyer who drafted a required notification to Congress, accused Walpin of being “confused and disoriented” at a May 20th meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service.Check out what the Washington Examiner's Byron York had to say about Walpin's firing:
Walpin and the management of the corporation clashed repeatedly over his investigations into AmeriCorps projects. The disagreements came to a head at a May 20 board meeting when Walpin, by his own account, "lectured" board members for going along with the corporation's politically appointed management and closing out his investigation of Kevin Johnson's educational organization, St. HOPE, which received about $850,000 in AmeriCorps money and misused at least half of it.The Obama administration will stop at nothing to get what it wants. Had Walpin backed down, he would have been completely sane. Ditto for Woodward not the 69 year-old icon not challenged the president. It's beyond obvious that this administration is more than willing to assassinate someone's character if that someone says or does something the administration doesn't like, to include exercising one's first amendment right, as was the case with Woodward.
"Jerry can never get to the point where you can agree to disagree," the board member said of Walpin. "You either agree with him, or he keeps beating you up."
The board member says at one point in the meeting, Walpin seemed to have trouble concentrating. "There were long pauses on his part," the board member says. "He clearly was not able to answer the questions we were putting to him."
The White House later accused Walpin of being "confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions" at the meeting. Walpin concedes he was not feeling well but does not recall serious problems.
In Walpin's case, it was apparently just for doing his job.