Mark Twain quipped, “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”
While Republicans are unified on extending Bush tax cuts, President Barack Obama appears ready to cave compromise. And that is dividing Obama from his liberal base.
Washington Post columnist Dan Balz wrote:
Right now there is little goodwill on the left toward the president. Liberals are up in arms amid talk of compromise on extending the George W. Bush tax cuts for all Americans, rather than allowing rates to rise for the wealthiest. They see Obama today as weak, vacillating and lacking either convictions or the gumption to fight for the principles they believe got him elected. They want a fighter in the White House who will put the Republicans in their place.
Indeed, progressives are demanding that Obama man up. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is running this ad on cable TV.
Not to be outdone, Moveon.org is airing its own ad
And there ain’t no sunshine in the Sunshine State. Black Democrats are complaining that the Florida Democratic Party are taking African Americans for granted. The St. Petersburg Times reports:
The head of Florida’s black legislative caucus is complaining to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that the mostly white Florida Democratic Party elite is ignoring African Americans and has all but crowned a new leader without their input.
“We would urge you to recommend that the Party consider and select an African-American candidate to assume the post of Party chair, which could potentially increase African-American voter turnout and fundraising and would be historical for this state,” the caucus’ chairman, state Sen. Gary Siplin, wrote Nelson in a letter sent Thursday.
Democrats should pay heed to President Abraham Lincoln’s warning that a house divided against itself cannot stand.