Spandan C over at The People’s View has an great post up about “liberals” disappointment in President Obama. It’s a brutal takedown of Liz Halloran’s NPR posting about how Obama spent the year “disappointing the liberal base.” It’s a laundry list of what he hasn’t done, which supposedly he should have accomplished despite having to deal with all the other “minor issues” like government shutdowns, international crises, among other issues. It’s not the only one like that, a quick look at around various professional liberals show a remarkable similarity along the same lines What it gives me is a sense of deja vu, mostly because I’ve seen exactly the same complaints before.
When? Oh, back at the end of 2009, building to a crescendo in 2010. Democrats, and in particular the President, were a horrible disappointment to these same people. They pounded keyboards, used up huge amounts of electrons to spread the word that this administration was a failure, and liberals should “send a message” to the President by staying home instead of turning out to vote. How did that work out? Oh, right, Republicans took back the House, giving us Speaker Boehner, and took over various statehouses and legislatures. As I said back then,
A good portion of the blame is that rather than sending the message of what was being accomplished, of highlighting the successes, the idiot left was helping the right by screaming their fool heads off.
Finally, remember all those things that were started and supposed to get finished in the next two years? DADT, improving the Health Care legislation, climate change legislation, and immigration reform? Kiss all that good-bye.
Yes, because they were “so disappointed,” they did what they could to help conservatives. Which has led to a remarkable (and predictable) dearth of progressive legislation over the past several years. A number of them whine about “gerrymandered districts” which favor Republicans. Hmm, let’s see, why would that have happened? Oh, right.
That is that 2010 was a Census year. That’s the year we count the population, and determine the number of House seats each state will have, legislative districts within the state. So? Well, in those states that switched parties, Republicans controlled redistricting, not Democrats! The people drawing the lines were not Democrats, and if you think that Republicans were interested in being “fair,” “unbiased,” or helping save a Democratic seat, you’re hallucinating.
What do you know, elections have consequences. Unsurprisingly, they were at it again in 2011, wanting to come up with a “real progressive” to … primary the President. Heck they even advertised on Craigslist for a challenger when their own “favored” names had an attack of realism and disavowed any interest in running. Here we are at the end of 2013, and what do we see? A litany of columns and blog posts explaining to the world how President Obama is a real disappointment, a “failure” who has somehow alienated the “liberal base.” Which mainly consists of the authors and the commenters on their postings, but not so much when it comes to … Democrats.
But do you notice the pattern? Every two years, as we are getting ready to head into an election year, they’re out there beating the drums of “Democrats suck” and “the President is a failure!” It’s really wonderful, for Republicans. It’s probably even nice for them, because if Republicans win, they can make decent money telling everyone how bad the Republicans are, and pump up their own egos by telling the world that “if only Democrats had listened to us!” It isn’t so nice for the rest of the country.
Progressive legislation? Dead, not going to happen. Just consider the past three years. Instead of moving forward on various items, like adding to the healthcare reform law, immigration reform, building new green infrastructure, and climate change legislation, we were fighting constant battle to keep long-standing programs alive. Fights to pay the government’s bills, and the threatened destruction of the country’s “full faith and credit.” Voter ID laws, rollbacks of women’s rights, no new infrastructure, cuts to education, and a host of other regressive policies have been passed or proposed. It will take years to undo the damage done in the past three years by the Tea Party Republicans.
As I said in a previous post, next year is important. It’s the year we can start to reverse that damage, by keeping the Senate and taking back the House. But apparently “liberals,” the “professional Left” can’t grasp that concept. Instead, they’re still whining about not getting their fairy dust farting unicorn, and in the process doing their level best to ensure that they’ll never get there. They asked for this back in 2010, and now they’re complaining because they got it. Apparently they can’t learn from the past, and see beyond their own petty grievances. That’s why I’m disappointed with them.