Tom Bales at "Things That Really Piss Me Off" makes some good points:
... Republicans didn’t coin the terms “prog”, “emo” or “professional left”. These epithets… I call them that because they’re used as epithets in much the same way the word “liberal” has been used so by conservatives for years… are applied by those people who claim to be the left today to distinguish those who are more than a degree or two left of themselves.With the upsurge in almost cult like and extremely extremely easily manipulated belief in the infallibility of President Barack Obama… not in spite of his conservative leanings but more likely BECAUSE of them… It’s reached the point at which it is just as common, if not more so, to see the leaders of these NeoDemocrats spending more time bashing the “professional left” than they do the right even though the marginalization of the “professional left” is now so complete as to mitigate any threat they might have been to the corporate/conservative agenda. Indeed, some are building practically their entire Twitter presence around condescension and snark toward the left while giving the right a pass.I’m not worried about the “professional left” says or does and haven’t been for a long time and it’s not just because they no longer have any real power. They don’t but my lack of attention to much they bring to any discussion is that I often disagree, if not with what they’re saying, then the way or the reasons they’re saying it.What they DO have however, is just as much right not to vote for a Democratic candidate because that candidate doesn’t support their agenda as the NeoDems did not to vote for Mitt Romney. They don’t betray any one or any political party by not voting for a person or a party that doesn’t support them any more than the rest of us do by not voting Republican.And there’s this: I’m not hearing anyone from the “professional left” proposing anything that would take food off my table, deprive me of the meds I take for life threatening conditions or remove the roof from over my head… the ONLY three things that really matter to someone like me. I’m sure as hell however, hearing people claiming to be part of TODAY’S left who are perfectly willing to compromise any and all of those things, quite often for no other reason than the administration has expressed a willingness to do so.And when I attempt to point this out, all I get is some vague assed but always smug reference… usually from one of the wannabe pundit’s sycophants… to “emos” and “progs” or at best an assertion that I’m basically old and senile and easily frightened and therefore incapable of knowing how the system “really” works, which I’ll guarantee you is the wrong fucking tack to take with me.As for you actual liberals… those people who make up what’s left of the actual left in this country… you’d better start doing whatever it takes to get your shit together and find a sack big enough to put it in. All we’re seeing right now is a clash between right wingers and ultra right wingers over who’s going to be running things when it’s all said and done and you can damned well bet that you having any say in any part of it is not on the agenda of any of them.Liberals have one function and one function only as far as today’s Democratic party is concerned and that’s to take the blame when one of their guys loses because you didn’t feel like voting for someone who didn’t represent your beliefs just to keep the “other” side from winning. Keep letting them shove you into that shoe box and putting rocks on the lid and it means the end of any concept of loyal opposition and therefore democracy in this country.Me, I’m just going to sit here doing what I can to protect what little dignity I’ve got left which, in this day and age, basically means being neither liberal nor conservative, neither Democrat nor Republican, neither left nor right, always taking each case based on its own merits or lack thereof and doing the right thing as I see it. I’m too damned old to start subscribing to anyone’s version of groupthink and have no intention of letting ANYONE give me a ration of crap because I didn’t vote for the person they think I should have.For what it’s worth… I voted for PBO in 2008 AND 2012 and used my little blog and Twitter voices to support his reelection bid, working just as hard as anyone else. This does not mean that I’m going to put him on some kind of pedestal and try to rationalize every action or statement he does or makes that I feel is to the detriment of people like myself nor that I won’t hesitate to say something when and if I think he’s done so. If that bugs anyone on the Twitter machine, that’s why Twitter included an “Unfollow” button.The common goal should be to defeat the right wing/Wall Street agenda. We can argue our own differences afterward.