It's a slow motion car wreck in the works, and the best the White House and its allies can do is complain that we didn't clap loudly enough.Clap, Markos? Really? Seriously, forget about clapping. How about not taking a dump on the Democratic President and the Democratic Congress as frequently as you can with no reason at all? Can you and your allies do that?
This isn't about clapping - although applause is more than warranted at the successes and triumphs this President and this Democratic Congress have been able to achieve even in the face of unified, vitriolic and violent right wing enmity ranging from challenging the President's citizenship to cutting off gas lines at the homes of families of Democratic members of Congress.
- Health reform.
- Wall Street reform.
- Credit card reform.
- Ending combat operations in Iraq ahead of time, as troops head home.
- Ending torture under American custody.
- Saving the economy from falling into a second Great Depression.
- Saving the American auto industry.
- Growing American manufacturing jobs for the first time in a long time.
- Protecting and strengthening equal pay for women.
- Funding lifesaving embryonic stem cell research.
- Adding federal protection against crimes on the LGBT community for the first time in history.
- Putting DADT repeal on track.
- Requiring hospitals accepting Medicare or Medicaid to give equal treatment to same sex couples.
- Standing up to Arizona Republcans' racism in federal court.
- Single-handedly ensuring a $20 billion fund to make the BP Gulf spill victims whole.
- Restoring America's status in the world as the most admired country.
Just recently, we saw a fly-by hit piece by David Dayen of FDL about how Speaker Pelosi had "committed" the House to a vote on the President's fiscal commission's recommendations, completely and thoroughly debunked by citizen k in a diary on Daily Kos, who pointed out it was a "Sense of the House" resolution, by nature non-binding. What response came from Markos and even Congress Matters? Nothing. Not a peep about the fly-by faux-journalism of FDL and David Dayen. Had the White House or any top Democrat made such a mistake, you could bet Daily Kos front pagers as well as other top bloggers would be right on top of it taking a fresh dump.
Over at PCCC, apparently the "bold" progressives are "bold" enough to make accusations contrary to facts on record about Tim Geitner opposing Elizabeth Warren to head the newly created consumer financial oversight board. They don't do their homework, rile up the paranoia, and the rest of the big name left bloggers sit idly by.
A couple of weeks ago, two badly written hit pieces (one of them attacking the USAID for helping develop the technology infrastructure of the civil war ravaged Sri Lanka and the other idiotically claiming that Obama is confrontational with the progressives) on the Obama administration by David Sirota went unchallenged by the big name bloggers. I ended up writing response pieces for both. Once again, the other big names on the left blogosphere remained eerily silent, constituting what I believe to be cynical consent.
The examples abound. We had popular big-name hired bloggers were calling for health reform to be killed if a weak-kneed public option couldn't be part of it, including threats to primary progressive Democrats if they voted for heath reform. We had an FDL-Fox News alliance to drive a dagger through the heart of health reform, one that thankfully was repelled.
Credit card reform? Hardly mentioned. Wall Street reform? Never good enough. DADT repeal? Not fast enough, ergo, sellout. You pick the issue. There's no satisfying the ideologues in the leftier-than-thou crowd.
It's not just the blogs either. The likes of Ed Schultz and Cenk Uygur have been hosting shows on cable news excoriating the President for, I kid you not, not standing up for working people when it's this President and this Democratic Congress that have stood alone on the side of working people.
Ed Schultz went from suggesting that the health reform bill be killed to eventually supporting it to now suggesting that liberals stay home this November if the Democrats are not able to expand unemployment benefits for people who have been unemployed for more than 99 weeks -- even though it is Democrats that are making an effort to do so. Dylan Ratigan has had to be set straight by Ezra Klein on the cost of health insurance for most people once the exchanges are open. And of course, he doesn't know the difference between a presidential commission and a Congressional panel.
At every turn, President Obama has been villainized by the professional big-name left ideologues, called a sellout at best and a Bush-lite corporatist at worst. The issues or the merits of the issues almost don't matter. More often than not, it's witch hunt - or at least, a hunt for an excuse -- any excuse -- to fit the President into the narrative of an inept, unprincipled person. At every turn, an attempt to paint the Democratic majority demonic for the legislative compromises they have had to make in the face of uniform right wing noise machine and legislative opposition. At every turn, the propensity to stand opposed.
In other words, at every opportunity, the big names on the leftier-than-thou blogs have perfected the art of taking a dump of the administration and Congress -- one might even say to the point of getting it down to a science.
Another thing. Being a "Democratic blog, a partisan blog" explicitly dedicated to electing involves a certain degree of loyalty, and an actual commitment to Democrats, especially in the time when Democrats are under attack by a right wing media machine, rather than joining that drumbeat. Let's face facts: this is not the time to play the blame game - each one of us can do a lot to ensure that Democrats remain in power in Congress. But if you are interested in the blame game, know that a good share of the blame on Democratic losses without a doubt will belong to the frequent dumps taken on the administration and the Democratic Congress as a whole by the big-name ideological left's members.