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Obama and the 'Professional Left'
Gene Lyons weighs in...


If nothing else, Gibbs' recent attack on the White House's liberal critics demonstrates why frankness
often backfires in politics. Speaking with a reporter from the Hill, Gibbs lampooned Obama's Democratic
detractors in unfortunately sharp terms. His remarks sounded more like something a White House loyalist
might say after hours in a bar than in a formal interview.

When he hears Democrats compare Obama to Bush, Gibbs complained, "Those people ought to be drug tested."
People who accuse the administration of cutting too many deals with so-called centrists on issues like healthcare
"wouldn't be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."

The Cleveland congressman and two-time failed presidential candidate pretty much defines the Democrats'
left boundary. Praised by such luminaries as Ralph Nader and Gore Vidal, he won no primaries in 2004 or 2008.
But what does Gibbs gain by lampooning him?

There's more in the same vein. Critics on what Gibbs called "the professional left," he maintained, will only be
"satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That's not reality."

Concise, memorable and all too true. I've long referred to the perfectionist wing of the Democratic Party as
the "anti-gravity left" -- educated idealists who confuse the American electorate with the inhabitants of such
enlightened precincts as Berkeley, Calif., or Northampton, Mass. They're living examples of the aphorism
Bill Clinton borrowed from Voltaire about letting the perfect become the enemy of the good."

So, Lyons sees Obama's giving in to the Bitch and the Boner as practical politics?

Am I reading this right?

<>Gene has a point that the radical left isn't always living in the real world.
They're usually on the illogical side of an argument.

"Wouldn't a world without guns be better?"
Maybe, but we live in THIS world, so wake up and deal with reality.
...but Obama moved to the Right - the radical Left hasn't moved at all.

I say the Left has a right to be disappointed and angry.

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