Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vice President Biden to Democratic Base: 'Stop Whining'.

A theme is developing in the Obama administration towards what it sees as "whiners" amongst their supporters.

At a fundraiser in Manchester, NH, today, Vice President Biden urged Democrats to "remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This President has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises."

The remarks, made to roughly 200 top Democratic activists and donors, recall comments President Obama made last week to “griping and groaning Democrats…Folks: wake up. This is not some academic exercise. As Joe Biden put it, Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.”

It should go without saying that even the most disgruntled Democrat supporter can listen to the insanity coming from the right and appreciate that an Obama administration is better than the alternative, but is that seriously what they are proposing should be the limit of public participation in the democratic process? Turn up every four years and vote and then remember that it could always be worse, as the Republicans could be in power?

Are Obama and Biden seriously arguing that we should now support the very behaviour which we condemned whilst the Bush administration was in office?

Would they make hypocrites of us all?

The campaign slogan wasn't "Shut up, it could be worse" if I remember correctly. It was something altogether more positive and involved the plural personal pronoun, "We".

It seems rather harsh to now be told that we should all assume spectator status unless what we have to say is sufficiently positive.

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daveawayfromhome said...

I'm really starting to wonder if the White House is deliberately trying to help the GOP win this fall in order to blame Republicans for the collapse that will follow the kind of policies they will inevitably put in place, and so preserving their place on Pennsylvania Ave. I hope not, because it's way too cynical for my tastes, but it wouldnt surprise me.

Kel said...

I don't think they are trying to help them win, but I do think they see us as part of the problem.

They think we should appreciate them more. After all, they are not as bad as the Republicans.

All I would say to that is, whatever happened to "Yes, WE can"?

Anonymous said...

Standard false choice garbage. We suck, but the other guy is worse, pick one.

It seems all American politicians are any good at any more is convincing the public that they don'a have a choice. Last I checked there were more than two people running in these elections. Talk like this doesn't help the Republicans, it helps the Tea Party.

Steel Phoenix said...

Sorry, that ^ was me btw, (as if it wasn't obvious). Just a bit itchy on the trigger finger today I guess.

Kel said...

SP, it is standard false choice garbage. And it's shameful that it's coming from the people who used to say, "Yes, we can!"

Now, "we" are being told to butt out if we can't be supportive.