John Podhoretz recaps their aggravation with their supporters.
It's odd, to put it mildly, that the veep chose to go to New Hampshire on Monday and declare that Democrats disappointed with the president should "buck up" and "stop whining."I hope all those people who voted for Obama in 2008 and are now unhappy are feeling properly chastised. You just aren't worthy of the great O and he's very, very disappointed with you. And you liberal bloggers who worked so hard to get him elected and now dare to criticize him instead of remaining in your designated posture of idolatry, you guys better buck up and stop your whining. You're not allowed to pick nits with the Great One. They passed all sorts of liberal agenda items and delivered it to a nation that should be grateful and continue our adulation. How dare anyone stop adoring all that he has done for us?
Vice presidents are at times tasked with issuing direct broadsides against enemies while the top guy stays above the fray. But never before has a vice president served as an attack dog against his own party's voters.
One might have chalked up these wild words to Biden's propensity to speak incautiously. But then Rolling Stone released excerpts of an interview conducted 11 days ago with Obama in which the president said almost exactly the same thing: "People need to shake off this lethargy," he insisted. "People need to buck up."
He went on to offer a prospective denunciation of anyone who'd voted for him in 2008 but might fail to turn out to vote in congressional races in 2010: "It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election."
Even worse, the president was promising he'd judge such "irresponsible" people harshly when it came to their seriousness of purpose: "If people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place."
In fact, if voters turn out to vote against Democrats as the polls are indicating might happen, Michelle might not be proud of her country any more. That will show us.