Alter Regrets 'We Didn't Show Up' for Obama, Obama as 'Jesus in the White House'?

Three noteworthy quotes from journalists I tweeted over the holiday weekend:

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, author of the 'The Promise: President Obama, Year One,' on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, placing himself with Obama against conservatives:

When Obama said "we are the ones we've been waiting for," we didn't show up. It was the right-wingers at the town meetings.

Jake Tapper to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, on ABC's This Week:

Before this crisis occurred, you were perhaps best-known nationally as a critic of big government, as a critic of big spending. And here you are, desperately asking for big government, big spending.

During the roundtable on that Sunday show, Salon's Joan Walsh offered up a weak defense of Obama on the Sestak bribe: "People who supported him didn't expect him to be Jesus in the White House." Tapper interjected: "Some might have."

Such as Jonathan Alter?

- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.