Maha argues that claiming there’s no difference between Romney and Obama is stupid: there are differences and they do matter (even if Obama is a Rockefeller Republican, that’s better than someone beholden to the batshitloonitarian theocrats). Having grown up and lived in VA, where the choice was always between the de facto Republican and the theocratic segregationist, I do realize that the GOP alternative is almost always worse. Anyone who says otherwise is simply showing a lack of imagination.
So claiming Obama is equivalent to Romney is stupid. But there is a legitimate issue that needs to be raised, and that I haven’t seen seriously addressed. How do we put pressure on Democrats, including Obama, unless we draw some clear lines in the sand and then walk when they cross them? What are the levers we can pull to move someone like Obama? Put another way, why does the GOP (and on occasion, the Democratic Party) fear the Tea Party and the theocrats far more than the Democratic political class fear moderate, never mind liberal, Democrats?
Other than turning our back on them during elections and foregoing other support, how else do we get them to occasionally throw those of us to the left of Heath Shuler and Ben Nelson a bone? There is a legitimate argument to be made, especially since the Democrats routinely curl up into the fetal position when someone just looks at them funny, that they will only listen to and respect those who cause them pain. It seems to have worked for LGBT activists.
Yes, Obama is better than Romney. But if we always take loads of crap and then regardless show up and vote dutifully, if sullenly, then how do we get what we want (at least some of the time)? Moderate and liberal Democrats can’t compete in terms of fundraising, so the only thing we have left–for now anyway–is the vote.