Let's not for one minute underestimate the serious enthusiasm gap that Democrats and progressives have right now when compared to the right-wing of the Republican party. Our sniping and whining as progressives for the past year has been partly to blame for that. The Republicans have very cleverly and strategically encouraged us to do this. I am just as much at fault for this. Just look at the articles posted here at OpEdNews over the past year. The VAST majority have been negatively aimed at Obama and Democrats. We have blamed him for everything including the deficit, faltering economy, and the BP oil spill, things that should have been solely linked to the 8 yrs of Bush deregulation, two Bush wars, and interagency incompetence that the GOP has facilitated. But nevertheless we let Obama have it with everything we could throw at him because he couldn't wave a magic wand and instantly fix decade of damage. Why only at Democrats? Sure I wish we could have gotten more progressive causes done since Obama took office and yes I am disappointed with the speed of change. BUT it has come DESPITE 100% opposition from the Republicans. They deserve at LEAST more than 50% of the anger. But they have gotten almost a free pass to obstruct, protect the rich, and help Wall Street, the Oil Companies and the Health Insurance companies water down tougher measures proposed by Democrats ... and been praised as heroes in the media for it.
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