President Barack Obama faces many opponents and too many of them are part of his base — liberals who just three years ago celebrated his election to office as a triumph for left-wing ideology.
Now they suffer from buyer’s remorse.
Liberals say he caved on the debt ceiling debate.
Unions say he’s a failure when it comes to dealing with unemployment and labor issues.
Hispanic want to know why he’s been absent from the immigration debate.
Pissed-off liberals may take a hike when Obama seeks their support for re-election in 2012. Some even tell Capitol Hill Blue that they now regret supporting Obama and wish they have voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Presidential primaries.
“She would have made a far better President,” says Susan Bindley of Chicago, who worked for the Obama campaign in 2008.
Princeton University professor Cornel West, a liberal advocate who supported Obama in 2008 is now one of the President’s most vocal critics.
“They want to love him, but he’s given them little evidence and his rhetoric is running out of steam,” West told The Associated Press. “We find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. He’s going to need high levels of enthusiasm among his base, and it’s going to be hard to do that with speeches and no real serious actions or policies.”
Many liberals left the good ship Obama last year when he caved in to Republicans and kept the Bush-era tax cuts. Others departed when he dropped public option from the health care overhaul. Still more turned their backs during the debt negotiations when he gave in to spending cuts without demanding higher taxes on the wealthy.
Labor, once a stalwart supporter of anything Democrat, is mad as hell. A dozen trade unions announced last week they would boycott next year’s Democratic National Convention because of what they see as Obama’s failures to push their agenda.
And the minorities who make up so much of Obama’s base are unhappy as well. The Congressional Black Caucus met in Detroit last week and complaints about Obama’s ineffectiveness in handling the jobs crisis escalated.
“Our people are hurting,” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told the group.
Latinos, unhappy with the record number of deportations since Obama took office, delivered 35,000 petitions to the President’s campaign headquarters Tuesday.
“President Obama is doing a smashing job of discouraging, unmotivating and inducing fear among Latino voters, Robert Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, told the AP.
Obama acknowledged the problem in a speech in Iowa this week.
“I’ve got a whole bunch of responsibilities, which means I have to make choices sometimes that are unattractive and I know will be bad for me politically and I know will get supporters of mind disappointed,” he said.
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