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Fix Daily Poll: Robert Gibbs and the "professional left"

By Felicia Sonmez

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' comments expressing frustration with what he termed the "professional left" has set off -- yet another -- controversy in the Obama Administration.

"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs told The Hill's Sam Youngman, adding that progressives will only be "satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we've eliminated the Pentagon."

Gibbs walked back his criticism this morning, acknowledging that he had spoken "inartfully." But by that point, the remarks had already lit up the blogosphere.

(Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton, not Gibbs, will be giving this afternoon's press briefing, according to a release from the White House.)

Given that the last time Gibbs spoke "inartfully" -- when he acknowledged that Republicans have a shot at taking back the House this fall -- he was stating what many observers believe to be fact, we're asking Fixistas to weigh in on Gibbs' latest remarks.

Was he just being honest in his feeling about the ideological left? Or did he genuinely misspeak? Or was it a little bit of both? Submit your votes, and your thoughts, below.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fix Daily Poll  
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