OK, so Our Man is starting to sound like some rabid right-wing reactionary (don't worry too much gentle readers, he can't write more than 10 sentences or so before he gets tired of the sound of his own voice, so he'll never turn into Ampontin).
In recent days, you may have noticed Our Man slagging the Earl of Bridgestone for losing track of all his yen; the DPJ for promising open government with one hand, then sticking the other in the petty cash box; giving only a luke-warm defence of Our Saviour Obama's bowing, and then slagging Our Lord and Saviour for trying to end the War in Afghanistan by, er, expanding it. (Kissinger, how we're missin ya).
But there is another interpretation: The DPJ is getting the bad press because they are actually hitting their mark. MTC puts the case for the defence here - that their show trials slashing bumbling bureacrats' bloated budgets prove the DPJ are doing what they were elected to do. James at Japan Probe may be in two minds about the budget cuts, but if anyone wants to do something about the chronic overspending that is about to cripple Japan's future, this is job 1.
Sure, the press is crying a croc over cuts to scientists' Phd projects (boo hoo), and Our Man was going to search for more attempts to slag the DPJ in the establishment Daily Gomiuri, but frankly their turgid website made Our Man long for the speed of his old ZX Spectrum, though he did find this story - apparently the LDP (remember them?) are considering re-branding themselves.
Then it struck Our Man - show trials, Obama kissing emperor ass, the establishment press looking for Hatoyama dirt, the LDP identity crisis - shit -
---the DPJ really must be doing something right---
But Obama's still way wrong on Afghanistan. It will be the bitch that kills the lady he really loves. Pic lifted from here.