The Democratic Base Spews Venom
“There's only one political party in the entire world that is so inept, cowardly and bungling that it could manage to simultaneously lick the boots of Wall Street bankers and then get blamed by the voters for being flaming revolutionary socialists.”
These scathing remarks were made by David Michael Green, a political science professor at Hofstra University, on his blog The Regressive Antidote. In his posting, Professor Green cited a series of events from history in which the Democrats mishandled the events to surrender their advantages and become handicapped by them instead. Among others, he cited the 1972 election in which the Democratic nominee, Senator George McGovern, a war hero, ran against Richard Nixon, who had served the United States Navy in auxiliary services, but did not have combat experience. McGovern lost the presidential election because the Republicans were successful in presenting him as a softie in the affairs of national security, since McGovern was against the Vietnam War.
The left wing of the Democratic Party has been fuming for some time watching President Obama’s renegade policies, which have so far not been consistent with his campaign promises. The Massachusetts Senate seat loss finally poured oil on the fire, and the tsunami of emotional outpourings ensued.
Professor Green is not alone in his frustration. Micah Sifry shared his comments in his article, Obama Disconnected. "The Obama movement days are over, perhaps never to return," Sifry wrote. "If you doubt this, just ask yourself: How did a campaign supposedly powered by small donors and 'super-volunteer' activists produce an administration whose economic chieftains come straight from the belly of big finance?”
One year after the Democrats won the White House and added to their Congressional majority, they find themselves in great disarray. Seldom has one year seemed like such a long time! The soul searching in the Democratic camp should be long and deep. They will have to reinvent themselves to keep a hold on their power beyond the next election.