Being a centrist independent, it really is enjoyable to watch the folks inside the two major parties wring their hands when the more ideologically extreme members of their own party flip out over things like Obama’s budget speech.
Apparently some left wingers in the democrats’ big tent are screaming even louder for a primary challenge to Obama next year, since his speech wasn’t sufficiently liberal. Somewhere along the line they haven’t noticed that Obama is just a regular liberal, not one of them, and he’s a compromiser (which he said he’d be on the campaign trail).
It’s amazing that Nancy Pelosi is even in the position as the dems’ leader in the House still, following her leading their caucus to a tidal wave of a defeat. But as the budget compromise deal passed the House, she communicated disdain for the bill, and that the negotiations had included the less liberal Harry Reid, Obama and Speaker Boehner. She must not have gotten the memo that she wasn’t the head honcho in the House anymore…
These are the consequences of losing elections. The democrats lost huge majorities because they lost the swing vote, largely through completely ignoring moderates, centrists and independents. The right has a bit more momentum on the budget issue, and the public leans more conservative on fiscal issues as well. That Pelosi and the left wingers in the House refuse to accept that reality and try to get what they can from a compromise rather than having hissy fits is telling.