Ian Welsh, remarking on the moribund Left Blogosphere:
Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology. They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy. Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.
So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.
I think there’s a kernel of truth in that observation. When you support the party regardless of what the party does, you lose the power, maybe even the right, to change the party. You just go along and accept whatever the party doles out.
Additionally, it has been my impression, remarked on frequently here, that a very large proportion of the most important left-leaning bloggers routinely give the impression that they’re producing writing samples for a present or future Democratic administration. When what’s really important to you is the job, you won’t sacrifice that for a few pesky principles.