Career "progressives" then and now
Career "progressive" post-election investment of time and energy putting the boot into Romney in 2012 is exactly like their investment putting the boot into Palin in 2008.
And with the same effects: In 2008, by the time the wankery and triumphalism ended, and the time to "hold his feet to the fire" arrived, the shape of the administration was already set: Geithner in at Treasury, bailouts normalized; health insurance companies in control of the health care bill. In 2012, gutting social insurance before the "fiscal cliff" and the "grand bargain."
One difference between 2008 and 2012:
In 2008, career "progressives" spent an awful lot of time trying to figure out whether Obama was really a liberal or not. They're not having that discussion now. I wonder why?