September 29, 2011


Obama's family feud with the left (Sam Youngman, 09/28/11, The Hill)

Liberal voters feel righteous in their hurt feelings. It's almost a distinguishing characteristic for Democrats; a purity requirement that Republicans are now struggling with. Liberals seem to want an apology.

But Obama is far from apologetic. It is not his style, he is the president of the United States and he thinks he is the aggrieved party.

The president sees his administration as transformative. To Obama, fighting over the public option is dumb, self-defeating politics that weakened public opinion over a massive Democratic achievement.

Obama and his aides think they are doing the right thing for the country and for Democrats. It drives them nuts that liberals can't see that.

Despite those feelings, Obama knows he has to make amends. He's just not very good at doing it. At least not the way the left wants him to.

How do we know? Listen to him. Where's the outreach? Watch the president as he reaches out to liberal and minority groups, then tells them to suck it up.

Obama invited BET into the Oval Office then dressed down the interviewer for suggesting that Obama, for lack of a better or less funny phrase, doesn't care about black people.

"The other thing I want to make sure you don't just kind of slip in there is this notion that African-American leaders of late have been critical," Obama said. "There have been a handful of African-Americans who have been critical. They were critical when I was running for president. There's always going to be somebody who is critical of the president of the United States.

"What has always made this country great is the belief that everybody has got a chance. Regardless of race, regardless of creed."

Got that, black America?

Obama wants to be seen as the president of the whole United States. He is not, at least publicly, going to give any one group special attention.

So the left will continue to get its feelings hurt, Obama will continue to wonder why it wants him to lose, and neither side will be truly happy with the other.

But in the end, they both need each other.

...if he isn't serving that interest why do they need him?

Posted by at September 29, 2011 7:22 AM

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