The headline refers to Maddow's line about Republican tea party hypocrites, but it can also apply to the corporate press -- cable news and Politico types, specifically. What Yglesias said:
Back when Republicans were unpopular because of the poor economy in late 2008, Barack Obama’s calm demeanor amidst economic crisis was said to be key to his popularity. Then when Democrats became unpopular because of the poor economy in late 2009, Barack Obama’s calm demeanor amidst economic crisis was said to be the key to his unpopularity. But if the economy improves, then conventional wisdom about every single aspect of Obama’s personality and policy agenda will pivot around that fact. With the economy in the dumps, the health care bill is liberal overreach. If the economy improves, the health care bill will be said to demonstrate the genius of pushing a moderate proposal with no public option. Just you wait.
I mean, seriously, do they think we won't notice this crap? It's become so predictable and silly. Literally childish. Televised political Mad Libs -- minus the Mad Libs words "fart" and "poopy." For now.