WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign's point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president's position on the debt deal and bashing the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the "Firebagger Lefty blogosphere."Jane Hamsher has a post up complaining already. Comments in it are amazing. No links from me though. What People's View, WeeSeeYou, and other sites are doing is breaking the PL monopoly on "speaking for" us - the base, the Obama supporters, the Democrats. And that's something they find enraging.
On the evening of Aug. 1, just after Congress passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling, Obama for America (OFA) New Mexico State Director Ray Sandoval sent an email to supporters with the subject line, "Please take 5 minutes to read this, Please."
"I know many of you have raised frustrations, but please, I implore you, please take 5 minutes and read the article below. It does a great job of explaining the Debt Ceiling deal," Sandoval wrote in bold text.
The rest of the email was a blog post taken from a blog called "The People's View," run by Spandan Chakrabarti.
UPDATE! The reaction on FDL and on Twitter is clear: the disappointed left is deeply upset that someone not only challenges them, but challenges their self-appointed roles as spokesmen for "the base", the Democrats, and the principles of the Democratic Party.
UPDATE II: The Washington Post weighs in
The Obama campaign is now going on the record distancing itself from the email. A campaign spokesman, Katie Hogan, emails: “The views expressed in this email do not represent the views of the campaign.” Washington Post.Let me quote some more from this because it's so typical
That said, this story does provide a window into what I think is a real problem — the nature of the Obama team’s frustration with liberal critics. The problem is that some on the Obama team don’t reckon with what it is lefty critics are actually saying. Obama advisers get angry when they think liberal critics are refusing to accept the limits placed on him by current political realities, and when lefties presume at the outset that Obama will inevitably sell out. That’s reflected in Sandoval’s angry email and in other periodic explosions of anger at the “professional left.” But the lefty critique goes considerably further than this. It’s an argument with Obama’s team about tactics and strategy, about what might be attainable if he handled these negotiations differently.First of all, the "lefty critics" keep claiming to speak for the base of the Party, and their anger here is a large part due to the fact that at least someone in Obama's re-election campaign is looking at sources of opinion outside their little self-reinforcing clique. Second, the argument on tactics and strategy of the "left critics" is somewhat tarnished by their utter inability to win a single election or bring people onto the streets. In fact, Senator Obama explicitly rejected their viewpoint back in 2005. Finally, the argument of the "lefty critics", as Deaniac's post explained are based on making things up and a deep unwillingness to grasp with factual analysis of the actual deals that are being struck.
Editor's Note: The first quote has been updated to conform with Terkel's update of her article after an email conversation with me. - Deaniac83