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Obama Administration: Gay Rights Protesters Part Of “Internet Left Fringe”

by @ 11:01 pm on October 11, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics

The left is becoming increasingly frustrated with the Obama Administration and this exchange between Lester Holt and John Harwood from tonight’s NBC Nightly News shows that the Obama White House doesn’t really care what they think:

LESTER HOLT: John what we saw in that protest today, was it simply frustration or does it represent a serious problem the President is having with an important part of his base?

JOHN HARWOOD: As a practical matter Lester I don’t think it’s a serious problem. we’ve seen and certainly Bill Clinton learned that they Democratic President can get punished by the mainstream of the electorate for being too aggressive on social issues so for now I think the administration feels that if they take care of the big issues — health care, energy, the economy — he’s going to be just fine with this group.

HOLT: But in general when yo look at the left as a whole, have there been conversations about some things they thought would have been done but haven’t?

HARWOOD: Sure but If you look at the polling, Barack Obama is doing well with 90% or more of Democrats so the White House views this opposition as really part of the “internet left fringe” Lester. And for a sign of how seriously the White House does or doesn’t take this opposition, one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult.


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Quite understandably, this has generated some comment from those self-same left-wing bloggers such as Firedoglake, Panadagon, and AMERICAblog.

Geez guys, it’s gotta suck. The guy used you to get elected, he’ll take your money, but he’s not going to life a finger to advance your agenda. Welcome to politics.

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