There’s a diary over at Daily Kos which rather nicely crystallizes why I left there. It’s not the only place, it’s been making the rounds on various of the “purity” sites as well. Yes, they’re off in their own little fantasy world again. You see, they’re making threats again, and if they don’t get their way (stomp, pout) they are going to primary President Obama. Followed by a poll of who they think should do it. Reality check time: It isn’t going to happen. All your potential candidates either aren’t going to run, or lost badly in their last election. Hell, you people even mentioned Jimmy Carter. It’s hilarious, really! You know why I think it’s funny? Because I voted in the 1980 election, that’s why. Here’s a history lesson for you: “progressives” (they were just called liberals back then) hated Jimmy Carter. No, really, they did. At the time they were all over Ted Kennedy when he ran against Carter in the primaries. You might also want to note the results of that: Kennedy lost, Carter lost the general election, and for the next 12 years, we had a Republican President. Oh, and the party didn’t move to the left, either. The lesson you should be (but won’t) draw from this? Sitting Presidents don’t get primaried. If they do, they don’t lose the primaries. So President Obama is going to be the Democratic Party candidate in 2012. It sucks to be you, but that’s what’s going to happen, and you might as well stop your asinine speculation and do something productive.
While you’re at it, you might want to stop shitting all over President Obama. You’re not “criticizing” him, you’ve been attacking him since the day he took office. Hey, I get it, really. He’s black, and he’s not Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. In case you missed it, and I know you have, he’s been doing an awful lot. He got handed a country in very bad shape financially, and one that was in two wars. That’s a lot on anyone’s plate, but if you didn’t bother to read what his platform was – what he said he was going to do – you may not realize he’s been doing what he said he was going to do. Maybe not as fast as some would like, but he’s done more in the past two years than any president in history. Not that you’re giving him any credit for that. I’m sorry that the fantasy platform you think he ran on wasn’t the one he did run on, but that’s your problem, not his. If you people had put the effort you’ve spent on attacking him into going after Republicans, we might actually still have a Democratic majority in the House. If you’ve got a memory issue with what a Republican Congress means, you’re about to get a refresher course. Come back at this time next year and tell me just how much better it is, hmm?
You’ve been acting like toddlers who are throwing a tantrum because you didn’t get your favorite treat. In the adult world, we understand that serious change takes time – more than two years, and sometimes a generation or more. We understand that we have to cooperate, and that sometimes we have to delay gratification to get what we want, or to get something else. We know we have to work within the rules, even if the rules aren’t to our liking. We understand that sometimes priorities have to change because of circumstances. We understand that great strides are made up of many small steps. That’s what the adults know, and you’re not them. It’s time – past time – for you people to grow the fuck up. Because we’re trying to get things done, and your tantrums are distracting.