Stark Raving Mad vs. Only Mildly Crazy

Byron York documents today’s schism on the Left: the internet-based wackos who were the core of President Obama’s support last year are now turning on him. And, even more entertainingly, vice versa:

“Can I speak freely about the liberal whiners?” asks a well-connected Democratic strategist. “These are the same people who have never participated in, much less won, a campaign, who have no idea what it takes to maintain a majority and keep a speaker of our party, who want Obama to kowtow to the loony Left, and then they’re going to be the ones who say, ‘What happened?’ in November 2010, when we lose the House and possibly the Senate and maybe a lot of governorships.”
The White House, too, is growing sick of the whiners. NBC’s John Harwood recently reported that Team Obama views the complainers as part of the “Internet Left fringe,” and that one White House adviser said, “Those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely dividedcountry is complicated and difficult.”

The nutroots’ dissatisfaction with Congressional Democrats is even greater than with the Obama administration, but they aren’t alone:

The feud is entertaining for the media, but the Democrats face a very real problem: Dissatisfaction with the party has spread beyond the Internet fringe. Recent Gallup polling shows that Congress’ job approval among Democrats plunged in September, from 54 percent to 36 percent — an 18-point drop in the course of a single month.
There simply can’t be that many people in pajamas.

What’s funny about this is the suggestion that the Obama administration isn’t left-wing enough. Apparently Van Jones, Anita Dunn, Sonia Sotomayor, Kevin Jennings and many others aren’t enough for the Kossites and denizens of Democratic Underground. All I can say is, may the battle continue! It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of lefties.

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