Why has the Democratic-left base turned off on the Dems and Obama?
Michael Barone’s answer returns us to the dominant Democratic reality of the last ten years, which we may have forgotten over the last two years because of the left’s relative calmness following the election of Obama:
Or, if you prefer, sheer Bush hatred.
Or, if you prefer, sheer anti-Americanism.
So why are Democrats less enthusiastic? And why has “the progressive donor base,” as Democratic consultant Jim Jordans reports, “stopped writing checks”?John at Powerline continues:
But, as [Barone] says, many Democratic donors and voters are more committed to their leftist fantasies than to reality, so “[t]hey’re keeping their ears plugged up and their eyes defiantly shut. Their MyObama Web pages are inactive and their checkbooks are closed.” And that is a very good thing.And, by the way, Barone’s explanation would make sense of Holder/Obama’s bizarre delay in making a final decision on the location of the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial for the last 11 months. Despite the public’s adamant opposition to having the trial in New York or in any U.S. city, Holder has not been able to say definitively that the trial would be held by a military commission in Guantanamo, because that would trigger the left’s decisive break with the administration.
Jim C. writes:
Barone may be correct in his analysis from a rational perspective—but he’s dead wrong, because as we all know the left is motivated by image. The left turned against Barry Obama because they thought Barry was cool and brilliant—that’s what turned on the Hollywood types and Chris Matthews.So it’s deliciously amusing for me to watch my lefty friends distance themselves from their Barry salute last election. They have come to the same conclusion as the right about Obama: he’s not cool, and he’s not very bright.In fact, he’s an affirmative action embarrassment.LA replies:
That’s an interesting angle. I don’t know right off if I agree or not. But for the moment I’ll just say this. Everyone, including me, tends to look at things through the lens of the subject(s) that they care most about. When it comes to Obama, Jim’s focus has always been on what he sees as Obama’s lack of intelligence. So when the topic becomes why leftists have cooled on Obama, Jim assumes that the leftists have a negative view of Obama for the same reason that Jim does.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 06, 2010 02:52 PM | Send