Obama, Dems spread the condescension around

How enraging it must be to the liberal left for their hero talk about them like a bunch of bitter clingers. From MSNBC.com:

President Barack Obama’s lecture to his supporters to snap out of their lethargy is getting a frosty reception from some on the left side of the Democratic coalition.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama made a point to argue — “with intensity and passion, repeatedly stabbing the air with his finger” according to the magazine — that his followers in 2008 must not stay home this year.

“It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election,” Obama said.

Whatever complaints they might have about climate change or other issues, Obama said, it is “just irresponsible” that some Democrats and progressives were lacking enthusiasm for the election.

“If people now want to take their ball and go home that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place,” he said. “If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.”

“I think it is a remarkably condescending message,” said Darcy Burner, the executive director of ProgressCongress.org and the Progressive Congress Action Fund.

Progressives, she said, continue to be deeply involved in policy and in politics and are not at all lethargic or disengaged.

“The fact that they are frustrated and discouraged has as much to do with the rhetoric coming out of the White House as anything else,” she said. “And this is the latest example of that.”

Rolling Stone may have punk’d former Gen. Stanley McChrystal, but something tells me its editors didn’t intend for this interview to make Obama look worse.

Of course, Obama is one of many Democrats chiding voters for their perceived apathy. Vice President Joe Biden recently told liberals “to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.”

Sen. John Kerry didn’t stop at the Democrats’ base, saying, “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.”

A simple slogan, huh? Like maybe “Hope” or “Change”?

Nah.

79 comments Add your comment

rdh

September 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Its the Democratic Party way: insult those who don’t agree with you or do what you want.

bobama

September 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Buck up dems, you really didn’t believe my crap did you.

Pablo

September 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Truth be told, the democrats this year are headed for a certified, card carrying butt whooping that they worked very hard to earn, and they are not liking it one bit. Instead of blaming everyone but themselves, a moment of introspection and soul searching should reveal to them that the problem that ails them is that they are clinging to an ideology that has failed consistently everywhere it has been tried. It will be fun to watch their reactions as the election returns become public.

Jefferson

September 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

What’s sad is watching the GOP hoping America has problems and hardship just so they can make it worse, as they consistantly do.

HDB

September 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

I’ve felt a stronger level of condenscention here on the blogs and from Republicans than what Obama and Biden have said!!

I’ve been taught one simple thing: the truth hurts!!

Guy Incognito

September 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Sen. John Kerry didn’t stop at the Democrats’ base, saying, “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.”
A simple slogan, huh? Like maybe “Hope” or “Change”?

Thank You! When I heard the “Trees from Lord of the Rings” say that, I almost choked on my Dandy Donut. What a clueless hypocrite!!!

Guy Incognito

September 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

Jeff’

Just like the Demotards did in ‘06 & ‘08

Tommy Maddox

September 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

Maybe they need to steal a line from Chicken George: “Grits, dummy.”

Jefferson

September 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

Don’t worry history proves the GOP will mess things up, no need to cheer them on.

babs

September 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

bush lied, soldiers died

skydog

September 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

Who are ya`ll going to run?

Moosegirl?…. She lost by 10,000,000 last time
Romnee?…Your evangelicons won`t have any Morman
Hickabee?…. HeHeHe…. come on
That Orange Boner Dude?……

Bryan G.

September 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

Kerry’s comments were rather hilarious considering that they accurately describe the 2008 Obama voters. Many who voted for Obama didn’t know that the Dems controlled Congress, who Nancy Pelosi was, or what Obama’s positions were.

jconservative

September 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.”

Kerry said this? I did not think he had that much on the ball. But he is 100% correct. That is a fundamental factor in American politics. People do not sit still for a 20 minute lecture on Paki – India – Afghan relations but will fall head over heels in love with a 10 second sound bite on the same subject.

How do you have a debate on a complicated subject when the electorate has an attention span approaching zero?

Intown

September 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

It’s okay Kyle. Unlike conservatives, Liberals can handle criticism and listen and consider reasonaed challenges to their ideology.

Linda

September 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Poll: Pelosi as unpopular as BP.

Jimmy62

September 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

Haha, Remember, people who voted for Obama also believed that Cash for Clunkers would be a success. And since the media stopped talking about it the moment the program ended, most of them probably still think it’s a success. They don’t know that car sales dropped from the norm the same amount it had risen from the norm, and that we basically threw away millions of dollars and destroyed tens of thousands of perfectly good used cars, and got nothing in return! That’s the kind of willful ignorance we’re faced with. Obama is right, the people that voted for him are irresponsible.

Has anyone done the statistics on mortgage defaults? Sure would be interested to know which party the majority of them self-identify with. Betcha it’s the Democrats.

Big D

September 29th, 2010
2:44 pm

You Liberals worrying about who the GOP will run against Obama…..now that’s funny!!
I’ll bet by “12″ you could run BoZo the clown and he would win…Bozo has more OJT than the idiot Obama.

pat

September 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

Ride that donkey strait off the plank….fine with me.

Road Scholar

September 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

Jimmy62: Cash for clunkers! Isn’t that a donation to a conservative?

Obama, Biden, and Kerry are spot on!

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

“I’ve felt a stronger level of condenscention here on the blogs and from Republicans than what Obama and Biden have said!! ”

Good, now leave and take your race baiting nonsense over to Tucker’s house.

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

“What’s sad is watching the GOP hoping America has problems and hardship just so they can make it worse, as they consistantly do.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

Linda

September 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

I agree with Kerry. That’s why we need to give tests to voters. Dems. would never be elected or be able to vote again.

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Did John F. Kerry ever pay his taxes?

AmVet

September 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

“I agree with Kerry.”

Linda, alas, you start out so cogently!

It is an embarrassment that so relatively few eligible Americans are willing to do anything at all, even as little as show up to the polls periodically, to further this greatest experiment in human history. (To be sure, much of the reason for them not exercising their right to franchise is explained by the incumbency protection racket and the wholesale sell-off our our blood soaked and sacred sovereignty to the highest bidder – whether on Wall Street or in China.)

But then you devolve into Jim Crow-like animus and madness with this repulsive statement:

“That’s why we need to give tests to voters.”

I wish I could believe it was written tongue-in-cheek, but I have read enough of your posts to doubt it…

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

“But then you devolve into Jim Crow-like animus and madness with this repulsive statement:”

Dumber words have never been spoken.

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

Democrats enacted Jim Crow laws.

Linda

September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

People who believe that our breath is causing the globe to heat up & that politicians can fix it by causing our utilities in the US to “necessarily skyrocket” should not be allowed anywhere near a voting booth.

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

“Dems. would never be elected or be able to vote again.”

Yep, because their voting base consists of convicted felons, illegal aliens, high school drop outs and dead people.

AmVet fits in with the high school drop out group.

CAIR Bears

September 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Linda

Very true, and that’s why those bozos have to constantly change the wording.

Global Warming

Global Climate Change

Climate Disruption

By the way, where is Owl Gore?

The Anti-Wooten

September 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

CAIR Bears are you a Muslim?

Linda

September 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

CAIR Bears @ 4:12, Don’t forget Global Cooling in the ’70’s.

AmVet

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

“…should not be allowed anywhere near a voting booth.”

The sadly, you are the very antithesis of brave women like Lydia Chapin Taft, Emmeline Pankhurst, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Lucy Stone.

What in the world would make you so opposed to our representative government? Are you really that anti-American?

No matter, because thankfully, you and your demented types have been emasculated in this greatest of all nations. And though you are enraged, you and your fake conservative brethren cannot implement your wishes for your quasi- dictatorship in America.

Linda

September 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Last election, I knew a few people who planned to vote for the first time in their lives because they fell for this hopey, changey thing, but they didn’t because they were afraid they might get called up for jury duty if they registered to vote. Voting is a responsibility, but comes with responsibilities. Patriotism goes further than showing up at a booth.

josef nix

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Okay, who were the last Americans to be allowed near the voting booth? Anybody? (not refering here to the 18-21 year olds)

Look, the Democrats and Republicans are equally arrogant. That’s why it’s hard to get a majority of the population to even show up at the ballot box. Our president usually goes into office with 25-33% of the vote of those eligible to cast ballots.

Mongo

September 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

Can we get a sanity check efore voting too? People that believe in invisible men in the sky shouldn’t be allowed to drive let alone vote.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

There is a rising generation of republicans who lack the normal inside-the-beltway arrogance. They are called “tea partiers” and while they are poison for the country club Republicans, they are the death knell of the Democrats.

Who leads for 2012? While Magna Sarah stirs the hearts, it is Chris Christie who puts fire in the belly, and it is Paul Ryan who stimulates the mind. The big government left is doomed for a generation – this is 1978.

Jefferson

September 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

Tea republicans are mearly republicans in rehab, wanting forgivness for their lost ways. Their leaders appear to be puppets as they are pretty weak mentally (like aunt Bea when she ran for city council), question is who is pulling their strings?

Nanna

September 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

Jimmy62
September 29th, 2010
2:38 pm
Has anyone done the statistics on mortgage defaults? Sure would be interested to know which party the majority of them self-identify with. Betcha it’s the Democrats.

Umm, no. Deal is the REPUBLICAN nominee for governor.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:11 pm

Dear Jefferson @ 5:05, “question is who is pulling their strings?” Good question. As our cultist friends of the left cannot conceive of a movement without a Messiah, the Tea Party is hard to grasp. Those pulling the strings of the tea partiers are the same ones who guide Adam Smith’s invisible hand.

Nanna

September 29th, 2010
5:15 pm

CAIR Bears
September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Yep, because their voting base consists of convicted felons, illegal aliens, high school drop outs and dead people.

Typical Republican. Stereotyping anyone and everyone. You don’t see the liberals stereotyping you cons as toothless, redneck, hill-billies that are looking to sponge off the government by claiming disability for your obesity problem that requires you to use a scooter to get around your trailer park.

Jefferson

September 29th, 2010
5:17 pm

I understand why the puppeteer would want a strong back and a weak mind, as their politicians certainly qualify but then again, who will manipulate them ? Rove is not their friend and he resents it. Someone must think the zebra can change its stripes.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

I failed to address Kyle’s argument. Of course the manifest economic failures of the current government cause the normal recriminations, but the abolute control of government by the democrats leaves no room to blame republicans. It is funny to watch them b- slap each other.

teve Moore had a great note in today’s WSJ, observing that the blame for the horrendous economy belongs more properly with the democrat congress than with the democrat executive. Tea Partiers understand.

TMW

September 29th, 2010
5:22 pm

Ragnar Danneskjöld
September 29th, 2010
5:20 pm
*Tea Partiers understand.*

If the Tea Party understood, they would have been outraged back in 2002.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dear Jefferson @ 5:17, you just don’t get it. “Repeal” requires no leader. “Abolish” requires no leader. “Cut budgets” requires only an elementary feel for arithmetic, something the Pelosi-crats obviously lack. Your fixation on the “who” rather than the “what” betrays your political orientation.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:25 pm

Dear TMW @ 5:22, “outrage” is not a budget deficit of $50 billion. “Outrage” arises from shooting $1 trillion out of a hlicopter. You do understand that “Obamanomics” is an epithet, as are such normal words as “Stimulus” and “Liberal.” I cannot believe you do not understand why.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

Dear TMW @ 5:22, on reflection, your point is almost valid. You will recall that control of the Seante changed in the 2002 elections, partially due to a tea party-type rage.

TMW

September 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

Who was in charge when we had the last balanced budget?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:31 pm

If the Democrat economic program had any legitimacy, there would be no pejorative in “Government Motors” or “Obamamobiles.” That those major initiatives by the administration are held in such low esteem by the voters tells all.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

Dear TMW @ 5:30, “Who was in charge when we had the last balanced budget?” Answer, Newt, and only after he was willing to shut down the government entirely to get it under control. Sounds like a model to me.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 29th, 2010
5:36 pm

Deat TMW, I do not wish to cause you pain, but when was the last time a democrat house of representatives had a balanced budget? Were you even alive then? I was 15 years old, and even I knew it was accomplished using budget “tricks.” ((i.e., as phony as “Pay-Go.)