Well, this ought to add feul to the fire:
There have long been rumblings that the liberal base is ticked off at President Obama, but the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party just put that frustration into writing: They've passed a resolution exploring calling for a primary challenge to Obama.
Passed last weekend, it says that the Caucus....
"...will begin the process of contacting other Democratic organizations, Democratic Party members and public organizations that share our views on the issues and which seek to alter the course of history by exploring other steps to effect a necessary change, including a possible primary challenge to President Obama."
Members of the caucus are not mincing words. They are unhappy, and though the resolution is mainly symbolic, it reflects the mood of many of the members who believe that Obama has turned his back on Democratic values.
I think this resolution is very loud vote of NO CONFIDENCE for Obama.
You can read the resolution here:
3:11 PM PT: Almost immediately after I posted this diary, I received a call asking for some help so I wasn't able to stick around to respond to comments. When I logged on a few minutes ago, the first thing that struck me was the way some of the people responding tried to turn this into a "black vs white" topic. Jeez...sometimes the stupid just never quits on this site.
Let me be clear: There was no mention of the California Democrats wanting to primary Obama just because he was black; it wasn't in the resolution, and it wasn't in the article that I linked to...
At this point no one knows whether the California Democrats will pursue the resolution enough to select a candidate who will primary Obama; as I said in the article, I think their primary purpose was to give Obama a vote of no confidence with the hope that it will move him back to supporting traditional Democratic ideals.
Let's face it, the Democratic Party is split, and Obama bears much of the blame for that division. What I fear the most, is an extremely volatile and divisive Democratic convention in 2012.
I think it is best to have this discussion now and not wait until the convention, but as usual, when someone mentions anything that might be interpreted as being anti-Obama, the same tired people gang up and try to squelch any dissent. That type of mentality is truly discouraging.