Even hard leftists are getting annoyed by Obama’s ineptness in office.
Dan McLaughlin at Red State tells of his Twitter chats with leftist blogger Markos Moulitsas, founder of the infamous and influential Left-wing blog DailyKos.
I and a few others were tweaking Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos over this October 2008 post in which, reviewing the 2010 Senate map, he declared John McCain “delusional” for saying the GOP would cruise to “three or four or five” fairly easy Senate pickups in 2010. Instead, Moulitsas asserted:
[O]ff the bat, we have 13 potentially competitive GOP-held seats, and few Democratic takeovers. So no, 2010 won’t give Republicans 5-6 “easy” pickups. That’s ludicrous.
Things will be much different in 2012 and 2016 when we’re slated to play HUGE defense (defending our gains from 2006 and this year). Republicans can brag about the gains they’ll make those years because chances are they will. But 2010? Heck no. At this pace, we’re headed toward a 65-70-seat Democratic majority in the Senate by the end of 2010.
Yup, those are gaudy numbers, and it’s never wise to count your chickens before they hatch — political winds can change quickly as Republicans just found out. But assuming the current trends remain and Obama is even half-competent in the White House, we’ll have little to worry about in 2010. Our majorities should be safe for some time.
Yeah, good luck with that astute prediction. But there’s more:
“assuming the current trends remain and Obama is even half-competent in the White House”. Caveats didn’t pan out.
There’s that plural again. Kos, by traffic at least the most prominent of the left-wing bloggers, based his assumption of an ever-growing Democratic majority in the Senate on the assumption that President Obama would be “even half-competent in the White House.” And now, he’s basically reduced to absolving his own hubristic projections by admitting that Obama hasn’t lived up to that standard.
“Caveats didn’t pan out.” Ouch. That one made me wince.
When even a leftist like Moulitsas is slamming the president, he’s in trouble, as is the rest of his party. The real issue is now becoming not one of whether the Democrats will lose big in this year’s elections, but if the Republicans will throw their victory away by giving in to the same aristocratic elitism that is dooming the Democrats.