Via LGF. True enough — it doesn’t matter what he does, at least at the national level. If only he sincerely realized that instead of issuing spiteful, unintentionally comic, thinly veiled calls to action like this.

[T]here is a line between “moving to the center” and stabbing your allies in the back out of fear of being criticized. And, of late, he’s been doing a lot of unecessary [sic] stabbing, betraying his claims of being a new kind of politician. Not that I ever bought it, but Obama is now clearly not looking much different than every other Democratic politician who has ever turned his or her back on the base in order to prove centrist bona fides. That’s not an indictment, just an observation.

Now I know there’s a contingent around here that things Obama can do no wrong, and he must never be criticized, and if you do, well f*** you!…

Ultimately, he’s currently saying that he doesn’t need people like me to win this thing, and he’s right. He doesn’t. If they’ve got polling or whatnot that says that this is his best path to victory, so much the better. I want him to win big. But when the Obama campaign makes those calculations, they have to realize that they’re going to necessarily lose some intensity of support. It’s not all upside. And for me, that is reflected in a lack of interest in making that contribution.

That’s it. No need to freak out. It is what it is. Others will happily pick up the slack. We’re headed toward a massive Democratic wave, and what I decide to do with my money means next to nothing, no matter how much hyperventilating may happen on this site’s comments and diaries about it all.

This at least has the virtue of being clear-eyed about the realpolitik involved, however dour it might be in tone. Other, more Kmiec-esque Obama acolytes can’t shrug off the betrayal of their principles that easily, and thus have to perform mental gymnastics to reconcile their support for him with their own overweening sanctimony. See Karl’s post today for a particularly egregious, yet predictable, example of that. Mark my words, the final chapter of Sullivan’s long journey left from Bush apologist to Obama apologist is going to end with him lyrically defending the Messiah’s decision next year to commit to some sort of sustained troop presence in Iraq, thus completing the circle. Hitchens should use it as fodder for a novel. He’s already got the first line written.

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