by Damozel | John Cole is baffled by the intransigence of Dems, including many recent Obama supporters, who have bashed Obama's every move since the nomination.
The continued intransigence of left-wing bloggers and liberal Democratic interest groups that make up part of the Democratic voting block remains completely and totally mystifying to me. The utter unwillingness to allow Obama any latitude in framing his positions on issues so that they are more palatable to independent voters, demanding that he adhere to strict and rigid positions with no room for movement or nuance, appears to me to be an unwitting sabotage of a candidate who has always been a center-left pragmatist. Any slight deviation from orthodoxy, real or perceived...is met with derision, assaults on his integrity, and charges of flip-flopping. .
'I.... can’t decide what is driving it, but it is maddening,' Cole says.
Among many other factors he suggests that might be driving this conduct, he mentions 'spite from former Hillary supporters.' It's quite true --- as a former Edwards supporter who eventually preferred Hillary by a moonlight mile to Obama --- that my own propensity to point up Obama's every deviation from the progressive agenda is driven by spite.
Though my spite isn't actually directed at Obama. I always
realized that he was a 'center-left pragmatist,' as Cole says; and what
I found maddening was the insistence of many on what I will call
'the far left' of clothing the pragmatist in progressive's clothing and
convincing the twirly-eyed among their followers to believe it too.
As for Hillary's defeat, I'm over it. I support Obama's candidacy. Though I find I don't agree with many of his positions, I never expected to. On that score, I most definitely do harbor spite toward Obama's
progressive enablers (media figures, pundits, bloggers) who didn't
bother to check his progressive credentials.
I said the other day that I haven't got tired yet of jeering 'I told
you so' and pointing out all the ways he hasn't supported what Cole
calls 'orthodoxy' (I generally just call them 'enlightened views').
I'm not sure I ever will. I endured a fair amount of very unkind
bashing from the Church of Lord Kos (and others) who sent me ranting emails calling me rude names because I failed to realize that a progressive god was among us. Chronicling each move of Obama's, however much I expected them, that cause them alarm and despondency gives me a certain joy.
Oh don't worry, I am realizing as I write this that I should have my liver checked. I shouldn't still be filled with so much bile and unseemly glee over the discomfiture of fellow Dems. We must all hang together or else etc. etc.
Because here's John Cole's very good point:
It is particularly vexing given that Obama is not going to pursue policies that run counter to the general positions that these folks demand and that the alternative, McCain, is completely on the “wrong” side of the issues...
The sum total of this behavior is to validate GOP frames that Barack is a flip-flopper and can’t be trusted (aided, of course, by a media establishment that loves a “gotcha” and is wholly in the tank for McCain), and watching these various interest groups daily hamstring Obama is going to give me an ulcer or high blood pressure or both.
It's true that Obama is better than McCain in every way on nearly every issue of policy, and no worse on the others, and it's certainly true that I don't want McCain to win.
I'm not at all sure sure that protesting what I consider to be his mistaken policy decisions (and lo! FISA leads all the rest) is going to keep him from doing that. To the best of my recollection, this sort of disillusionment is a feature of every Democratic campaign.
But there's danger in lambasting Obama when there's such a case for spending every bit of energy I have repudiating the administration that is currently laboring to draw us in to further war, and the policies expressed by the fallen maverick who has promised to carry on their policies.
So I think those of us who are less than thrilled with the Democratic presumptive nominee should make a rule that in every piece we write criticizing Obama, we conscientiously point out how much wronger and badder and more dangerous John McCain is in every respect.
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