May 19, 2010

FOR HIM TO ZAG BACK TO THE LEFT NOW...:

Obama again disappoints the left (Ruben Navarrette, 5/19/10, San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE)

While Kagan’s critics on the left might actually help build her credibility with moderates, the shots she is taking from the liberal base could be another sign of the left’s disenchantment with Barack Obama.

The president’s pragmatic policies have already stirred up doubt and anxiety among various elements of the liberal coalition: teachers unions resistant to greater accountability and higher standards; civil libertarians concerned that Obama has continued George W. Bush’s detention and domestic wiretap policies; gays and lesbians disappointed that the president hasn’t done yet ended the federal ban on gay marriage; and immigrant activists frustrated by the administration’s failure to push for immigration reform. Having disappointed independents and energized conservatives, the president needs the support of liberal voters more than ever if he is going to win re-election in 2012.

Those on the left no doubt have some very legitimate reservations about what kind of justice Kagan would be. But it’s time for them to admit, if only to themselves, that those concerns extend well beyond the nominee to the president they helped elect. Kagan is just the latest vehicle for the frustration many liberals feel about Obama.


...would be so disconcerting it would destroy what little remains of his support.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2010 1:40 PM
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