First off I would like to make it clear that Democrats should be a capable of both chewing gum AND walking at the same time. What I mean is that we should be able to both criticize our leaders AND vote to keep them in office simultaneously.
Let me put this into perspective. In the workplace one can not possibly agree with or “like” all the decisions made by their management. This does not mean that every time your employer makes a bad decision you quit your job now does it? Similarly it is quite possible for one to elect an official and for that said official to then do things that one does not agree with without one throwing that person out of office as a result. As a matter of fact the idea of throwing someone out of office for not doing everything one wants is so juvenile and idiotic that it would seem an incredible point of view were it not the one being forwarded by the mainstream media at the moment.
Anyway, the whole point of this post is to direct your attention once again to a great post by Peter Daou about the internal battle between the “professional left” and the Obama administration. One cogent point to note:
When Obama says “hold me accountable” every citizen should assume he means it. It’s our duty.
The range of issues where the administration has let the left down is not insignificant: gay rights, secrecy, executive power, military commissions, public option, the stimulus, environment, women’s reproductive rights, Afghanistan, and more.
That said, and Glenn says it, giving credit where it’s due is also important. When the White House does something good, we should highlight it. And when the right does something bad (which is most of the time) we should go after them.
What really matters is intellectual honesty and consistency: if you slammed Bush for something and give Obama a pass for it, your principles rightly come into question.