Watching Robert Gibbs go after the Professional Left, and the Professional Left firing back, certainly has been amusing.
But I'll have to stand up for Gibbs, at least in his first heart-felt salvo.
Gibbs made two related points. First, that the Professional Left is "crazy" to attack Obama, and second, that the Professional Left is unrealistic as to what could be accomplished presently.
Was he wrong? I don't think so. Obama has accomplished as much as he could given that the country leans heavily conservative.
Does anyone doubt that if Obama could have passed a public option as part of Obamacare that he would have done so? In fact, does anyone doubt that if Obama could wave a magic wand and institute a single-payer system overnight, that Obama would do so?
There is a reality in this country to which the Professional Left, cloistered in its epistemically closed universe, is oblivious: Most people do not agree with the Professional Left.
The 2008 election was many things, but it was not an endorsement of a progressive agenda. What didn't you understand about New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Missouri?
Obama has accomplished as much as he could for you. He has put in place laws which will enable him to accomplish through regulation that which he could not accomplish through legislation. Obama is playing the long game, and you are short-sighted.
Even what the Professional Left considers too little, too late, has provoked a strong backlash which threatens Democratic Party control and the completion of Obama's agenda.
Obama is doing the best he can to advance the Professional Left's agenda against the will of the American people. Give the guy a break.
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