"I think this perspective misreads the American people"
With the incessant invocation of Supreme Court nominations (assuming there are openings over the next four years) as Obama's trump card for skeptical progressives, I looked up his 2005 defense of Democrats who voted for John Roberts.
As usual, he cultivates the something-for-everyone Forer Effect with some really swell passages bound to please those* who don't stop to ponder and raise a fuss about his fundamentally untrue and disempowering post-partisanship frame:
According to the storyline that drives many advocacy groups and Democratic activists - a storyline often reflected in comments on this blog - we are up against a sharply partisan, radically conservative, take-no-prisoners Republican party. They have beaten us twice by energizing their base with red meat rhetoric and single-minded devotion and discipline to their agenda. In order to beat them, it is necessary for Democrats to get some backbone, give as good as they get, brook no compromise, drive out Democrats who are interested in "appeasing" the right wing, and enforce a more clearly progressive agenda. The country, finally knowing what we stand for and seeing a sharp contrast, will rally to our side and thereby usher in a new progressive era.
I think this perspective misreads the American people.
Who could have imagined that such a Democrat wouldn't stand up to the Conservative Movement and its allies in both parties?
* For example, A-list progressive bloggers