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Glenn Greenwald tweets:  "The most intense passion Obama exhibits is when he gets to explain why the Left is so misguided: he really lights up; it's inspiring."

John Aravosis tweets:  "Once again, the only moment Obama gets animated is when he's going after the left. None of that anger/passion against GOP."

There are plenty of very fine diaries here doing a very good job of discussing the ins and outs of policy and politics in regard to Obama’s latest ‘compromise’ with political forces who are generally opposed to the people’s best interest.  Rather than presenting well-crafted, in-depth criticisms of Obama’s political mechanizations, this diary simply observes how differently Obama seems to treat certain political groups, in particular, progressives (many of us).

What I’ve found striking is the lack of respect President Obama has frequently betrayed with progressives, who, myself included in no small financial way, supported him strongly in 2008.  It is a condescending tone he takes with no other group, including GOP politicians, as consistently.  You certainly would never hear him use this tone with the Tea Party supporters.

You would need to watch the video at this Talking Points Memo piece to get the full effect of how fired up Obama was when he was talking to and about progressives toward the end of the press conference, but contrast these two passages from the TPM link:

To Democrats:

Now, if that's the standard by which we are measuring success or core principles, then let's face it, we will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about how pure our intentions are and how tough we are, and in the meantime, the American people are still seeing themselves not able to get health insurance because of preexisting conditions or not being able to pay their bills because their unemployment insurance ran out.

... And so, to my Democratic friends, what I'd suggest is, let's make sure that we understand this is a long game, this is not a short game.


And to my Republican friends, I would suggest, I think this is a good agreement, because I know they're swallowing some things that they don't like as well, and I'm looking forward to seeing them on the field of competition over the next two years.

Notice the much greater passivity and respect accorded when he addresses Republicans.

Now, I put the over-and-under for the "Awww, Obama hurt the wittle wiberals’ feewings" at about the third comment, but one’s tone (not just the words spoken, but accompanying gestures, voice inflections, and so forth) can reveal a lot about one’s true beliefs.  I strongly suspect that many Democrats in Congress have observed this same discrepancy in their dealings with Obama.  My impression for quite some time has been that Obama has roughly the same opinion of progressive Democrats that much of the establishment media have of bloggers.

It’s one thing to pick fights with a political opponent; it’s quite another to pick one with a group of people who probably sacrificed a helluva lot more than I did in supporting him.  Obama would do well to take a long look at this poll.

So, here is my compromise, as one of the sanctimonious purists of the Left:  I promise to get more with-it on the concept of 'compromise' if President Obama promises to study the concepts of ‘political base,’ 'bargaining from a position of strength' and ‘persuasion.’

Originally posted to rollotomasi on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:07 PM PST.


Same as the poll linked above, if Obama finalizes this tax deal as it stands now, are you less likely to contribute (financially or with your time) to Obama's re-election in 2012?

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  •  He calls the republicans 'hostage takers" (0+ / 0-)

    and people here are pissed that he said something bad about liberals.

    Read his comments, they are very tough on the republicans...then get over yourself.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:28:44 PM PST

    •  PS (0+ / 0-)

      I love how you chose the weakest statement Obama made about republicans to quote.  

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:29:40 PM PST

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    •  The point is about how (0+ / 0-)

      he treats the rank-and-file.  You had to see the difference between the way he talked TO progressive vs. WITH Republican supporters.  If you didn't, you're covering your eyes and ears, and this isn't the first time.  Obama's just not that into you.

    •  I think hostage takers is a bit worse (1+ / 0-)
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      than santimonious and purists. Whether this was a good deal or a bad deal was not the issue with "the left", the fact that there was to be any deal at all is what pisses them off the most. You don't make deals with Republicans, you don't try to be bi-partisan, you do only what we tell you to do, after all we got you elected, we own you, we made you President and if you don't do what we want, we will see to it you will not win a second term. As if anyone could win the Presidency with just the liberal base, it hasn't happened in many years, and it is not going to happen now. When he ran for the office of the Presidency, he was not the most liberal candidate, you all knew that going in, and you elected him anyway. He told us this is how he would govern, by consensus, and you voted for him anyway. Let him be, and let him govern the way he wants to govern, and don't vote for him again, if it doesn't please you.

      •  Don't vote for him again? (0+ / 0-)


        Again, the diary was how Obama talks to rank-and-file supporters, not how he conducts political theater with other politicians.  The condescension he has for progressives comes through pretty clear if you dare to watch and listen.

  •  The 'Compromise' is actually SURRENDER (1+ / 0-)
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    We need a leader! some one who is not about being weak. I felt like the minority party the last two years, not the majority, and now with the House gone to Republicans, and the Senate arcane rules, the president is a lame duck for the next two years. This is going to get ugly and FAST!

    I am already known as VirtualTruth, times have changed and so has my cause. The Far left can not become the new radical far right

    by Liberal Reality Check on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:30:18 PM PST

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