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  •  what I'm actually comparing (0+ / 0-)

    is fairly similar ( at least I think its similar).  ON the Dem side it's far more than a few blog posts.   As most people remember, at various points in time over the past few years, there have been incendiary calls from everyone from bloggers. to national figures decrying Obamas lack of liberal credentials, and demands that he behave as a far left President.  Of course this is painting with a very broad brush, but there are definitely "purity tests" that the liberal wing of the Democratic party put on their candidates.

    ON the Repub side, the purity tests are more open because they are going through actual primaries.  But it is to some extent the same thing...

    One last thing...   Weather you agree or not,   Happy Thanksgiving!

    •  Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, of course! (0+ / 0-)

      My turkey came out great! I had a very nice Thanksgiving, thanks, and I hope you did too.

      Now, as to those "everyone from bloggers to national figures", how about a few names of those "national figures"? Apart from Cornell West and Keith Olbermann, I'm scratching my head on that one. Any elected officials you can think of? Is Bernie Sanders planning a primary challenge? Has Speaker Pelosi threatened to withhold her caucus' support from the president's programs any time recently?

      Media figures asking the president to remember his campaign platform and govern as liberally as he spoke (not "far left", as you characterize it - I have yet to hear any nationally recognized media figure, or even a blogger,  call for the president to adopt the platform of the Socialist Workers' Party) are not a "purity test".

      A purity test is a refusal to support the politician in question unless s/he adheres rigidly to a specific policy or set of policies, e.g. the ATF "no tax increases - ever" pledge, coupled with the political and financial muscle to enforce the demand.

      The day the President worries as much about what Keith Olbermann says as Republican politicians do about Grover Norquist, or even Rush Limbaugh, will be a happy day for me. But it ain't gonna happen.

      He's spent the past three years kicking liberals in the teeth, sometimes gratuitously but always purposefully, in the calculation that he'd get more votes next year from disengaged independents who were reassured every time he dissed us, that he's not really a liberal, than he would from the liberals themselves.

      Well, guess what? He's not really a liberal, but that makes no difference to the significant fraction of the country that still thinks he's a Kenyan socialist Muslim. They wouldn't vote for him if he unzipped his skin and Ronald Reagan stepped forth from it.

      OTOH, he has squandered much of the overwhelming support we gave him in 2008. Will most of us vote for him? Yes, of course we will. But I also donated more than I could afford, spent countless hours volunteering, spent most weekends that fall on long bus trips into a neighboring swing state and the final week of the campaign in FL, 1500 miles from home, at my own expense, going door-to-door in 90+ heat and humidity. I have a hard time imagining that I will be able to summon up that level of ardor next year. That's what his neglect of the liberal wing of the party has cost him.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 10:31:36 AM PST

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