The argument that publicly criticizing our first black president is an act of racial disloyalty is immature. We must be grown up enough to know that politics at its best is about engaged citizenship, not tribal worship.
Anyone watching Obama's press conference yesterday had to be struck that he reserved his greatest energy for his attack on Democratic critics. This might be a misstep with more far-reaching repercussions than the compromise on tax-cuts.
If the people who elected President Obama stop feeling excited about his current direction, the populist energies that could mobilize fundamental change, will instead mobilize the right's reactionary goals.