‘blow-torched by the left’

Washington Post (Jonathan Capehart): As someone who frequently catches more hell from liberal Democrats than from conservative Republicans, I am completely sympathetic to President Obama’s exasperation at the “sanctimonious”  folks in his party who cling to “unrealistic” “purist position[s].” He was at his best yesterday when he pushed back against the cranky critics in his own party.

You know that saying that we’re harshest towards the ones we love most? Well, for the last two years, Obama has been blow-torched by the left as the expectations of hope and change smacked up against the reality of governing. I completely understand the frustration and anger. But there are some on the left who view compromise as total abandonment.

The president barely got to day 100 in his administration before his commitment to gay rights was called into serious question. During the health-care reform debate, the left was none too pleased because Obama junked the public option when he determined that the overall effort would fail if he insisted on pushing it. And now the revolt  over the Bush tax cut compromise….

….this is the first time that I can recall that Obama has given to the left as good as he’s gotten from the left on national television. And I loved every minute of it.

4 Responses to “‘blow-torched by the left’”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    December 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Have you seen Bob Shrum’s column – ‘Get Over it, Liberals?’ http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/210193/get-over-it-liberals

    The progressive resistance to the Obama deal on tax cuts is both unreasoning and unreasonable. Unreasoning because the opponents, whose anger is congealing into adamantine ideology inside the Democratic Party, are pulling out a cascade of objections but offering up no practical alternative. Unreasonable because what the president achieved — which in reality should be called an economic recovery package — is a fundamentally progressive deal.

    It’s time for liberals to recall JFK’s description of what it means to be a liberal: “Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill and executive vigor.”

    That’s what Barack Obama has done — again and again. In this tax debate, he didn’t triangulate; in fact, on cool reflection, it’s clear that he’s outflanked the GOP. The results, now and all across the past two years, aren’t perfect — politics never is — but the president has earned his progressive union card.

    I highly recommend reading it.

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Increasingly, the Democrats in congress are all alone pouting at the children’s table. It’s really pathetic.

  3. 3 Chi
    December 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    This was really good…

    Hey Chipsticks, remember my concerns about Rachel Maddow…? She’s now jumped on the bandwagon…

    • 4 Ladyhawke
      December 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      What happened? She was really plucking my nerves Tuesday night. I think the words “purists” and “sanctimonious” really got under her skin. I haven’t watched her show since. Are you saying she has changed her tune? More please.

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