I'm sorry but I feel it is some on the far left who run first.
Again hate to bring up '00 but remember their cry that there "isn't a dimes worth of difference" between Gore and Bush. Many ran to Nader.
I have said before that the thing I admire about the conservatives (if you can even call them that anymore ... I think extremists is a better term) is that for the last 50 years they have never given up. They didn't demand the Republican Party change overnight, they fought it out in every election, they took their incremental victories early on, worked at the local levels to place the seeds for later statewide victories AND THEY NEVER STOPPED attacking Democrats with all they had.
Even when they have their intra party skirmishes they find time to turn and direct some heavy fire at the Democrats.
They got Reagan elected and then moved onto the Bush / Delay crowed that made Reagan look somewhat moderate. Now they are moving towards Jim DeMint and his type who make Bush look like a sane responsible person.
They've elected more Presidents to more terms in recent history, they have got the majority in the court, and they have pushed us to a point where corporations have unprecendented influence and the wealthy are making unprecedented sums. All because they have kep their eye on the prize and realize that you can't make the laws if you don't get elected.
Elements of the Democratic Party seem to take long stretches off. Like 2000 to 2003. Many are not in for the long haul, and are not willing to accept the political reality that no change in Washington comes quickly.
This is a talking point from the very bloggers and activists who are doing the whining. They want to turn more and more progressives against Obama. It is a sickness with them.
They want to lose in '10, they want to lose it all in '12 and then they want to pee and moan about for the next 6 to 8 years and blame the Democrats for not stopping the very people that they, the whiners, helped elect, the Republicans.
We've seen this movie before. It was called Al Gore in 2000.
The guy makes a great forceful arguement, hitting the facts and stomping on his opponents throat at the same time, then just about every time he adds that last sentence, that last little something that makes him look like a crackpot at the end.
His 'Taliban' commercial is a great example. It is a great hard hitting hard, but now everyone is focused on Greyson and 'Taliban' and not that his opponent is a extremist and a kook.
I still think it is a great site, I enjoy coming here and reading the posts, even the ones I disagree with, and I like the links to all the great articles etc., but I think the drop off in posts may tell us something.
I agree with Biden that it a small small ... very small part of the base. I also agree that some of it is flat out whining (like not getting a public option when the votes were not there).
I didn't see a lot of whining or sitting on hands in WI last night. The President gave a great speech and the large crowd seem very connected and fired up. They didn't look like they were very concerned with what someone like a Huffington or a poster on MyDD has to say.
A microphone makes someones voice seem powerful even when it is not. I think what you are seeing a handful of people with a microphone .. a blog .. making noise and having that noise amplified.
During the '06 and the '08 elections this site had a lot more diaries being written, and it had a heck of a lot more responses. But since it seems that a majority of what is posted is critical of Obama ( and in my opinion often unfairly so), I wonder if a lot of people are just tuning out because they don't want to hear it. I wonder if anyone of those 1000s of attendees in WI last night cheering the President used to come here and post and now don't want to because of the negativity.
As for any 3rd party talk I will say what I always say. If that is what someone wants to do, after what we saw in 2000, they should go start making their Nader signs now but don't come back and don't ever bitch that the Democrats are not going enough to stop the Republicans that THEY helped elect.