EmoProgressives Should Grow Up and Quit Whining
Today, I take to the column to introduce a new political class. Just like George Bush brought in the era of the Neo-Conservative or "neocon", President Obama has created a faction of the left wing. I call them "Emo-Progressives" or "EmoProgs."
You've seen them. You've read about them. Now you know what to call them.
They're the whining, gloom and doom, "Obama didn't give us everything we wanted in the first 15 minutes of his Presidency like he promised he would so now we're never gonna vote again" crybabies who are responsible for the mess we're in today. Spend five minutes on Daily Kos. You'll see what I'm talking about.
EmoProgs don't understand the difference between "running for president" and "being president." They don't understand that campaign promises made sometimes become campaign promises unfulfilled because, when a person becomes president, that person learns things only a president can know. That person starts getting daily security briefings. That person starts getting the inside scoop that he or she didn't know about until he or she won the election.
Obama said he would close Gitmo. Well, in reality, that has turned out to be a tough nut to crack. As much as the EmoProgs would like Obama to fold his arms over his chest, blink his eyes, nod his head and BADDA BING! It's Done...
That ain't how it works. The president is one of three branches of government. And just because Democrats bent over backwards for George Bush does NOT mean Republicans are willing to compromise a millimeter for Obama. A president can not close Gitmo without the Congress appropriating the money to do so, to set up some other prison (like the one in Illinois that would have been perfect). Congress says no to the idea, what's the president supposed to do? Kneecap someone?
Now the EmoProgs and their leaders like Dennis Kucinich are moaning because Obama had to give up some things to get a budget proposal on the table. You know WHY he had to do that?Continued on the next page