And the base didn’t “vanish”. The base is very much where it always been: supporting a terrific president, a great man, who in two years has done more than any president but two, to move the progressive ball forward – At least in a century. Ask Rachel Maddow, she’ll show you some clips from her show (When she’ll snap out of the mushroom cloud that caught her too, that is).
The liberal backlash that isn’t
As one prominent liberal after another cried “betrayal!” over President Obama’s tax cut deal last week, I cautioned against reading too much into it: One of the most underappreciated stories of Obama’s tenure has been the consistent disconnect between elite liberal opinion about the president and the view of rank-and-file liberals.