Progressives have been urging the president to “man up” in the face of the Republicans. Some want him to be like John Wayne. On horseback. Slapping people left and right. One progressive commentator played an excerpt from a Harry Truman speech during which Truman screamed about the Republican Party to great applause. He recommended this style to Mr. Obama. If President Obama behaved that way, he’d be dismissed as an angry black militant with a deep hatred of white people. His grade would go from a B- to a D.I might have considered this argument if only we hadn't seen the same pathetic bending to the will of the opponents on the part of Bill Clinton. Whose fault was it in his case?
The most annoying thing is that the Republican leaders don't seem to worry quite so much about their image. They just go and carry out whatever it is that they promised to their voters. We, the progressives, are not similarly blessed. Our representatives seem to be terrified of their own shadow and keep conceding one thing after another to the opposing party. As a result, the voters who support them get nothing but lectures on why during this particular presidency we shouldn't expect anything of what the party promised us during the election campaign.
If President Obama truly is so worried that "he’d be dismissed as an angry black militant with a deep hatred of white people", I wonder why George W. Bush never worried for a second that he'd be dismissed as an ignorant religious fanatic with a deep hatred of anybody who doesn't subscribe to his Medieval religious views? For all his faults, Bush Jr. delivered everything he promised and more to his voters. I wonder if we will ever get a progressive leader who will finally go out and fight for what he is supposed to represent instead of sitting there, worrying about his image like an adolescent before his first prom.