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June 12, 2012

Let's get back to reality

By: John Caruso

Last year I uncharitably suggested that one of the liberal threats to Obama in 2012 boiled down to: "We'll think about running a primary challenge against you! Not that we will, of course, but don't you imagine for a second we won't think about it."  And here's what the editors of the SF Bay Guardian said in their endorsements for the June 5th primary:

Last fall, when a few of the most progressive Democrats began talking about the need to challenge Obama in a primary, we had the same quick emotional reaction as many San Franciscans: Time to hold the guy accountable. Some prominent left types have vowed not to give money to the Obama campaign.

But let's get back to reality. [...] We're mad at Obama, too — but we're realists enough to know that there is a difference between moderate and terrible, and that's the choice we're facing today.

Here's another threat I suggested: "We'll vote for you again—but with slightly less enthusiasm!"  And here's Daily Kos himself:

"I’ll tell you what. If [Obama] shows that he’s going to fight for the things that I care about, I will fight twice as hard for him." And if he doesn’t? "Then I’ll vote for him," says Moulitsas.

As much as I'd like to say this proves I'm more prescient than Nostradamus, it's hard to make that claim when I was joined in these far-seeing predictions by the entire Democratic Party establishment.

FORGIVE OUR THOUGHTCRIME: But my favorite part of that Guardian endorsement:

No, this one's easy. Obama has no opposition in the Democratic Primary, but for all our concerns about his policies, we have to start supporting his re-election now.

Got that?  Even in this entirely meaningless exercise in which Barack Obama was literally the only candidate on the Democratic primary ballot, and despite the fact that he would have won a crushing victory in California even if he had faced token principled opposition, the Guardian editors felt that asserting the tiny measure of dissent of withholding their primary vote from him would have been going too far.  After all, if someone had looked at the vote total in San Francisco and noticed it was even one lower than expected, who knows what might have happened?

I imagine Obama's written down the Guardian's "concerns about his policies" on a roll of toilet paper, so he can give them all the attention they require.

— John Caruso

Posted at June 12, 2012 01:12 PM

Or he sent a roll to the Guardian with a note that read: "Thank you for your support. There is space provided to list your concerns on the following sheets".

Posted by: willf at June 12, 2012 03:26 PM

The lack of enthusiasm of the pwoggies will count for a little something. The billions of dollars of rightwing propaganda Big Lie will count for something more. Add a bit of racial animosity, let stew for a while ---- meet the new "Boss", same as the old "Boss." (I might be wrong, of course. Sometimes I am.)

Who knows if it's good or bad?

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at June 12, 2012 06:06 PM

If all goes well, there will soon be a definition for "pwoggies" in the Urban Dictionary.

Posted by: mistah 'MICFiC' charley, ph.d. at June 12, 2012 06:15 PM

The ONLY ones worth voting for are the ones with viable, workable, SOLUTIONS to the nation's problems. So far that animal ain't showed up on the ballot, IMHO.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 12, 2012 09:28 PM

biological prediction: if Nader throws his hat in the ring, obama will turn white as a ghost

Posted by: frankenduf at June 13, 2012 09:00 AM

Nice one, willf. The White House comment form should be redone along those lines.

Despite the Kos liberals' exaggerated sense of their own importance, I'd say their lack of enthusiasm now matters no more than their ecstatic excess of it did in 2008; Obama won't win or lose based on their mood and he certainly doesn't need their money. And even if none of that were true, the prospect of having an actual vs. an effective Republican in the White House will bring back their sense of urgency just as reliably as the Guardian's "quick emotional reaction" gave way to "reality" months before it could make any imaginable difference.

Posted by: John Caruso at June 13, 2012 12:48 PM

You should all go to see this Matt Bors comic from last June. It says it ALL.

I thought we were getting an FDR when I voted for wrong can a guy be? And...YES...I'll be voting for him AGAIN.

Posted by: Daddy-O at June 13, 2012 04:34 PM

"I imagine Obama's written down the Guardian's "concerns about his policies" on a roll of toilet paper..."

Pretty much the same way he treats the Constitution and the Bill or Rights.

Posted by: coloradoblue at June 14, 2012 12:32 PM

Look, the anti-slavery Whigs did the same for Zachary Taylor in 1848. The Democrats today look a lot like the Whigs then, and Obama looks a lot like Millard Fillmore.

There appears to be no equivalent in the modern Republican Party of the anti-slavery Democrats of 1848, who founded the Free Soil Party.

Where are the populist ex-Republicans going? The Tea Party was astroturf.

Posted by: Nathanael at June 14, 2012 08:10 PM