Burying the lede in a shallow grave
Here is the beginning of an absolutely shameless letter from Digby, John Amato, and Howie Klein:
Many progressives, though certainly not all, are disappointed with President Obama for acquiescing to right-wing talking points about deficits and Austerity. It's a touchy-- and some say nuanced-- topic in Democratic circles. But I think what all Democrats-- and hopefully most Americans-- can agree on is that the extremist obsession with delegitimizing Barack Obama and his presidency is destructive to the country. The GOP version of a "debate" over how to handle the debt ceiling is an attempt at a modern day coup d'etat by the far right. Making the country appear-- at the very least-- ungovernable, wrecking the economy and threatening the well-being of millions of families is standard operating procedure for right-wing extremist movements. And it's a procedure that has been more and more put into action by the Republicans since Obama was elected.
This weekend they have pulled every parliamentary trick out of their black hat to force the country into default-- or force President Obama to act on his own to protect the country from their nihilism in a way that will trigger immediate impeachment hearings. It has long been clear that the ONLY solution to this manufactured debt ceiling "crisis" is to pass a clean bill and then go back to fighting over competing agendas without jeopardizing the fiscal life of American families, businesses, the country itself-- and the world economy.
And as for the competing agendas, we've seen what the conservative agenda is: more grossly unfair tax cuts for the rich and lots of "shared" sacrifice of the rest of us. THEY ARE GUNNING FOR MEDICARE IN A BIG WAY. And after that they want to abolish Social Security by privatizing it.
After the opening two sentences, there's not a single mention that Obama, as was entirely predictable, banged the gong loudly for "shared sacrifice" and personally put Social Security and Medicare in play.
The letter's writers don't ask, or apparently want, you to do a goddamned thing about Obama spearheading (and not, as they claim, "competing" with) this agenda. No primary challenge, no third-party alternative. Nothing.
The opening seems almost like an inoculation against caring or doing anything about Barack Obama's abject rejection of liberal values. It suggests that Obama may be shitty and evil—but in a "nuanced" way and "certainly" not observed by all progressives... and besides it's kinda "touchy," so let's move along folks, nothing to see here.
How on Earth is anyone with the barest shred of liberalism in him or her not an active participant in "delegitimizing Barack Obama" and his deeply conservative presidency?