(From FOX NEWS) and Vice President both used unusually tough language this week to describe their own supporters. In an interview with Rolling Stone released Tuesday, Obama accused many of being apathetic, self-defeating pessimists. “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this ,” he said. “The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining is just irresponsible.” Obama said progressives tend to see the glass “half-empty” and are applying that trademark bitterness toward the because “it didn’t have every bell and whistle that we wanted” like a government-run nsurance option. But he urged the base to “wake up,” recognize the legislation he’s signed on everything from health care to financial regulation to student loans and consider the alternative — Republican leadership that is “to the right” of former President George W. Bush.
The interview was released after Biden used similar terms to account for the enthusiasm gap in the party. At a campaign stop for New Hampshire Democratic candidates Monday, he urged Democrats to “stop whining.” In an interview with MSNBC, Biden also traced voter “anger” in the Democratic base to disappointment over the scope of the health care package. ”Because there was no public option, some of them are so angry they say we’re not going to participate. They should stop that,” he said. “Those who don’t get … everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up here.”
So, what do you think… is this effective? Is it wise? Will it serve the desired purpose, or be counter-productive? Opinions among lefty commentators seem to be all over the place. Surprisingly, though, the rank and file seems fairly united. Today Ed Schulz asked his viewers on the daily phone-in poll, “Was Obama right when he told Democrats to “buck up?” I waited all through the program to hear the answer…(not easy for me, because I find Ed’s voice to be like fingernails on a chalkboard.) I thought the breakdown from his far-left audience would be 50-50 at best, and more likely 70-30 against the President’s tough language.
The result, when it finally came… Yes…96%. No… 4%.