Apr 21, 2011


SAN FRANCISCO — Easing into his 2012 campaign, President Barack Obama is telling his supporters he understands their frustration over the compromises he's made with Republicans, while preparing them for more to come.

It's a timely warning given the upcoming vote on raising the debt ceiling and the ongoing debate over long-term deficit reduction, both issues Obama says can only be solved if Republicans and Democrats work together. But further compromises could prove a tough pill to swallow for many of Obama's liberal backers, who have grown tired of watching the president cede ground to the GOP on spending cuts and tax breaks for the wealthy.

During a raucous fundraiser focused on young people in San Francisco Wednesday night, Obama said his supporters are not alone in their frustration.

"There are times when I've felt the same way you do. It's a big, complicated, messy democracy," he said. "We knew this wouldn't be easy."

I love President Obama, God knows I do, but I don't think he really understands why his supporters are frustrated.  We are not frustrated because of the compromising.  We're frustrated by the things the Democratic Party is willing to compromise on.  When you compromise on your core values and principles that's when you're going to piss off your supporters.  We're frustrated by how weak the Democratic Party comes across.  The tax breaks for the wealthy and the use of the District of Columbia as a political pawn were just the straws that broke the camel's back.  This image of weakness has long been a problem plaguing the Democratic Party.  There is nothing worse than the perception of weakness.
We are frustrated with the fact that our party leaders don't seem to know the first thing about the art of negotiating.  They always seem to start negotiations three fourths to the side of the GOP.  That in itself is a recipe for disaster.
The Democrats are always willing to compromise and for some things that is to be applauded.  They come across as the adults in the situation more often than not, but there does come a time in politics when one has to be willing to get in the mud and fight it out.  The Democrats never seemed to be willing to do that; whereas, the Republicans have mastered this art form.  The people may say they want a more civilized government, but the truth of the matter is it is the uncivilized behavior that they seemed to respond to the most.  I'm not saying the Democrats need to become like the Republicans, but they need to at least show their supporters they are willing to fight for those things they 'say' they believe in and maybe we wouldn't be so frustrated.


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