Vocabulary for the next year-and-a-half
Welcome to the road between now and the 2012 election.
If we want a better left blogosphere, with better commentary on the electoral process, we should attune ourselves to the ways in which left-leaning folks are encouraged to keep checking into roach motels for progressive energies... like the Democratic Party, and the Obama re-election bid in particular.
Over the next year+, we're going to see a lot of bloggers appear to be soberly watching out for the unterbussen.
Jeralyn on Monday, July 11:
If reports are true that you [Obama] are willing to endorse a raise in the eligibility age for Medicare, please consider this your pink slip.... Please think long and hard before throwing us under the bus. We will surely take you with us.
Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday, July 12, determining that those reports are true:
In response to the front-page stories earlier this week in both The Washington Post and The New York Times reporting that President Obama was advocating cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, some insisted that these stories should not be believed because they relied upon (multiple) anonymous sources. Yesterday, Obama himself made as plain as he could that these stories were entirely accurate, as he said in his Press Conference....
Jeralyn on Tuesday, July 12, sandwiching temporary musing about withholding support for Obama with:
Republicans are worse... I'm not willing to do anything that will aid the Republicans in winning back the Presidency or the Senate, or keeping control of the House.
So, that pink-slip threat was written in invisible ink. No one could have anticipated.
This is what progressive blogging has become. Standing in "the shallow end," blogging strongly worded telegrams that one unequivocally will not back up with, say, primary challenges or third party votes.
I encourage you to ask left/liberal/progressives who occasionally shake their e-fists at Obama and company direct questions like "Are you out?" If you're not part of rejecting the kind of governance we're getting from Obama, you're supporting it, especially if you're a political blogger on the left.
Oh, they'll register their complaints, but it's all reluction, inexorable support for Obama's renomination and re-election, couched with a sigh or a grumble.
This is, methinks, important—shallow-ending keeps left-leaning folks waltzing into the gluey box of the Obama / Democratic fold.
So, please help call out all this supposed straddling and hand-wringing for what it is, yet another ticket to the status quo.