Former Clinton campaign adviser and social media guru Peter Daou has a lengthy jeremiad about the recent swipes the Obama administration has taken at liberal blogs. It’s somewhat snarkily titled, “How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency“:
When Robert Gibbs attacked the professional left he didn’t specify anyone by name, but the assumption was that it was cable personalities, disaffected interest groups, bloggers and online commenters.
With each passing day, I’m beginning to realize that the crux of the problem for Obama is a handful of prominent progressive bloggers, among them Glenn Greenwald, John Aravosis, Digby, Marcy Wheeler and Jane Hamsher*.
Virtually all the liberal bloggers who have taken a critical stance toward the administration have one thing in common: they place principle above party. Their complaints are exactly the same complaints they lodged against the Bush administration. Contrary to the straw man posed by Obama supporters, they aren’t complaining about pie in the sky wishes but about tangible acts and omissions, from Gitmo to Afghanistan to the environment to gay rights to secrecy and executive power.
I actually appreciate the sentiment here, but I’ve got to say it: Welcome to the club, Peter. After several years, I’m glad you noticed that Obama frequently employs straw men to dismiss principled arguments. Now try being someone who disagrees with him most of the time.
Seriously though, Daou cites a number of civil rights concerns about Obama’s decision to order the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, which is something that I happen to agree with him about (as do a number of people on the right). Daou’s pretty blunt about the problem here:
While Democrats obsess over Christine O’Donnell’s witchcraft and John Boehner’s tan, and while Palin and Beck spew trite soundbites about defending the Constitution, the White House is getting away with a chilling, precedent-setting Constitutional breach.
Unfortunately, while Daou’s central argument about Obama’s disappointing lack of principle is sound, his post is filled out with far-left spleen venting about other issues makes it hard for anyone who doesn’t already agree with him to take him too seriously.
Still, it’s the rantings of a guy with convictions. That’s worth something, even if you disagree with much of his political agenda. And his post is worth reading certainly as a measure of how angry the principled left is right now.