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President Obama's Other Worst Enemies -- His ''Friends''

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Wow, congratulations to the whiny left.

The Republicans have only been trying to make President Obama a one-term president. The whiny left is trying to make him a one-year president.

The pathological right thinks Obama is simultaneously a fascist, a communist, and a Muslim plant. The nutcase faction of the left is issuing hysterical warnings that he's a stealth Republican: Ooooh, he didn't insist on a single-payer health plan. Betrayal! Look, look, he's sending more troops to Afghanistan [just as he said he'd do] - he's a Bushian warmonger! He didn't effect world peace in time for happy hour on inauguration day - he must be a failed, false liberal! People are still out of work - get the hook!

Grow up. this childish impatience and petulance are almost as dangerous as the Tea Party's know-nothing tantrums, and all the more reprehensible because it comes from people who are supposed to be in this president's corner. Republicans acting badly? No surprise. Democrats undercutting their own president? Like pointing a gun at your own head and threatening, ''Don't come any closer, or I'll shoot.''

How hard do you think it is for Obama to carry this nation up out of the hellhole of the Bush Administration's digging? He's got the labors of Hercules to accomplish to un-do the damages of the decade past, before he can get some traction for his own programs.

Didn't you people ever take driver's ed, and learn about braking distances? How long do you think it takes to put a stop to environmental depradation, to institutionalized business corruption, to an economy built on speculators' quicksand?

You've got some Congressional Republicans who don't mind taking the country into a nose-dive again, just as long as President Obama crashes along with it. You've got Blue Dog Democrats who rode the Obama coattails to triumph, and are now using their exalted positions to bite him. This president has a harder job than Sisyphus - the rock he's trying to roll uphill is the one his putative friends are trying to roll back down on him.

So, are you ready for the reward? It's the burden of dooming the most promising Democratic presidency in at least a generation. Because that's what your crankiness might accomplish. You could be a part of forfeiting the last chance this country has had in decades to get it right, and handing the country back to the worst of the Republicans - the repugnant, rapacious, amoral, scorched-earth, shameless GOP.

No Democrat's 100% happy with the Obama White House. Even President Obama himself. So what? Suck it up and help to get it across the finish line, and work the rest of it out in private political marriage counseling.

Or get ready to stand next to Mitch McConnell and wave bye-bye to all that. No chance at any health care reform. No shot at a solid recovery. The working class gets thrown under the bus, again. Gitmo gets a fresh coat of paint and brand-new water boards.

A Republican is about occupy the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy - the man who, more than anyone else in a generation, made health care reform his first and last concern.

The Times of London quoted some struggling Bay State lobstermen who plan to vote Republican after always voting for Ted Kennedy: "Kennedy was a good friend of the lobstermen. He would help whenever we had a problem." They sure do have problems. But Ted Kennedy was a senator for 47 years. Barack Obama has had barely 47 weeks to try to bail out the entire country's sinking fiscal ship. Does anyone really believe the Congressional Republicans are going to throw themselves into saving the working man - unless he works in the executive suite?

This country is starting to resemble Benjamin Button, the F. Scott Fitzgerald story of the man who lives backwards, born into old age and growing into his own infancy. We seem to be getting more childish, not more mature. No patience, no long-range temperament - all id-driven, bullying, grasping, instant gratification.

And short-term memory. Remember those preceding eight years, that ready-fire-aim presidency? George Bush lied and manipulated and spent recklessly on a grudge war and lied again, and got away with it for at least five or six years - he got put back into the White House in 2004. Barack Obama tells the truth - and even some in his own party are furious with him for it.

Et tu, you Brutes?

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