See... Criticizing Obama Means You're NOT a Democrat
It's official. Speaking words critical of Obama means you're just not a "true" Democrat.
I was wandering through Daily Kos and stumbled across this diary . It seems that the moderators at dKos see the need to put their foot down and squash any incipient signs of objective evaluation of Obama's actions.
Some fair-minded, reasonable Democrats and supporters of Barack Obama, in short, are getting tired, even disgusted with what they perceive as ceaseless negativism about the Obama administration. They're tired of the histrionics about how Obama is a sell out, or we should have expected him to be this bad a president, not only because they don't think he's a sell out, but because they reject the underlying premise that he's not doing a pretty decent job. And they get exasperated when they see crap about how Obama is no better than Bush. I share their assessments and judgments, but not their exasperation. Not because they aren't 100% correct, but only because I guess I've come to a greater acceptance that some people at Daily Kos aren't Democrats. They take no joy in seeing the country set on a more positive course under Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress. They're malcontents or worse.
So, what should be done by or for all you fair-minded, reasonable, critical-thinking Democrats irritated with the . [sic]
I love the implication in that sentence. Because of course, anyone with a criticism of Obama is of course not fair-minded and is incapable of critical thinking.
First, the tough love. Trying a bit harder at brushing off the idiocy. Don't let it get to you. And of course remember that some tough criticism of the Obama administration will be warranted, and should not be dismissed out of hand. The administration won't be perfect, and there will be reasons for principled opposition which even if you don't share you should respect.
Second, recognize that most of the doomsayers and nattering nabobs of negativity aren't all people who've "changed" or are Democrats who can't be pleased. Most of them probably aren't Democrats. Sure, most probably voted for Obama. But there are definitely some posters around here—again, a very small, albeit vocal and active group—who really hate the Democratic party. They don't want to see our party and candidates and elected officials succeed. They're more concerned with trafficking in their own poses and purity.
Furthermore, there are people who are conflicted. They're not necessarily bad Democrats, but they're still fighting the primary wars. They want Obama to succeed, but they also won't accept that their candidate didn't win, or think that Obama wasn't the best candidate, or whatever. Those are their issues to get over, not yours, and they're not reflective of Democrats in general, 90% of whom in just about every poll are giving Obama high marks for his job performance, and who believe the country is turning in the right direction.
I found this diary so ironic that I just had to post it here. Especially since we'd just had a thread concerning partisanship that seemed to hit a few nerves.