Activism works. To the extent that the president's words and deeds have become more progressive, it's because people took to the streets and spoke to our leaders with votes, emails, and phone calls. But there's more to be done. Much more.
The possible election of Mitt Romney (and the likely election of reactionary Republican majorities in the Senate and the House if he prevails) could be the greatest threat to the nation since the Great Depression and perhaps since the Civil War.
Should we undermine the most progressive-minded president in at least a generation and will his failure help or hurt the progressive cause? Will his failure pave the way for a more progressive president or a less progressive president? This is the debate on the left.
Stories recounting liberals' "frustration" and disappointment with Obama are dominating coverage of this year's Netroots Nation. But these stories miss the mark, fitting into a precooked narrative about "Progressives vs. Obama."
When it comes to the decisions that I myself make, and the actions I take, I do have a line I believe I should not cross. But it's more problematic when it comes to drawing lines for others not to cross, presidents included.