There’s a funny – and painfully true – video on YouTube about what you’ll see on some of the “progressive” blogs these days
That goes along with the numerous statements you see from the Professional Left – i.e.; the people who get paid to let everyone know what “the Left” thinks. Which is, of course, that the President is a miserable failure, and he has (gasp!) “lost them!” Because after all, they’re speaking for “The Base. TM”
Back in the primaries, there were a lot of Democratic candidates. Some of the more rabid ones were not just disappointed with losing, they went off the deep end. They became what were known as PUMAs, or “Party Unity My Ass.” Remember this lady?
Some of them even jumped onto the McCain campaign, since they couldn’t stomach that their candidate lost. They were a very small minority, although they made for some good press for the McCain campaign. The vast majority of people who had supported one of the other candidates -principally Hillary – indulged in some understandable disappointment, recriminations, and bitterness, then put it behind them and got behind the Party’s candidate.
After the election, most people forgot about all that, in the glow of victory and the determination to get to work. Not the PUMA’s , though. They never let it go, and unfortunately, they were quite often members of the Professional Left. It didn’t take long for them to reappear, this time under the guise of “pushing” or “criticizing” the President. A disinterested observer would call it blatantly attacking him. But, you see, they kept telling everyone he was losing them. It would have helped if they’d been with him in the first place, but still, he’s losing them. They never let go of their bitterness over their candidate losing. They keep indulging in “what if” games, forgetting that the candidates they mention most often ran on virtually the same platform! Oh, they changed some emphasis, pushed something that one or the other candidates weren’t. but if you come right down to it, most of the time it was “flip a coin” when it came choosing a candidate on a specific policy. So any screams of “betrayal” from them are either the result of not paying attention to the candidate’s platform, or delusion.
The PUMAs found their soul mates – and allies – in the people who held to a far left philosophy, as well as the more extreme members of single-issue groups. They had convinced themselves that President Obama was going to magically change everything overnight, and implement their agenda exactly as they wanted it right off the bat. When reality, in the form of a determined to obstruct Republican Party minority and the normal difficulties in moving agendas struck, they decided that they’d been betrayed as well. Hence, the screams of rage.
Any number of people who have actually looked at what President Obama, and the 111’th Congress, have achieved in the past two years, are amazed. By any measure, more has been accomplished, more progressive agenda items have been enacted, than in any two year period in history.
That’s over the determined opposition of the Republican Party in most cases. All we have to do is look at the past month, and we can see historic legislation being passed. But what this last month has made clear is that the Professional Left and the frustrati will never be satisfied. Ever. It wouldn’t have mattered if their agenda was passed when they wanted it and how they wanted it done. They’d still be unhappy. They’d bitch and moan about something. Their objection to the President is not based on reality, or lack of action. It’s based on their dislike – even outright hatred – of him. What’s even clearer? They’re not the base. They never have been. They’re a small group that makes a lot of noise, whose interest in progress – in progressive values – is based on their desire to have their own way, and only their own way, along with a rage that they’re not getting the influence they feel they “deserve.”
What they deserve is to be identified as what they are. A small fringe element of the Democratic Party, believing themselves to be progressive radicals, whose actual capabilities are limited to making a lot of noise and not much else. They don’t care if they actually accomplish anything, because they have a purity of belief. The real base of the Party, the real liberals and progressives, are unsurprisingly turning out to be pragmatic. They recognize how much has been done, how much has been accomplished. 100% happy? No, but overall they’re pleased with this President. As that realization sets in, the attention is shifting away from the frustrati. They’ll scream louder hoping to get attention back, and just look more like the fringe they are.