LISTEN UP, Mr. President, this isn’t your base whom you seem to be contemptuous of (hasn't listened to us in any substantive way for two years), this is Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland:
“I saw what CNN said after that meeting yesterday. A line saying the president said he should have been willing to work with the GOP earlier. What? After all of this you don't realize these people want to destroy you and your agenda?" he asked. "How many times do you have to be, you know, slapped in the face? Look what they did with health care.
I mean, I understand a reluctance to reach the conclusion that I think a reasonable person can reach: that [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell was speaking the truth when he said his goal was not to govern, not to develop public policy, but his goal is to defeat this president in 2012. And I think when the base understands that that's what's at stake, the base is going to be much more willing to engage and to join the fight. The base is going to be less willing to join the fight if they don't see the clear differences. The differences are there, for God's sake.”
PS. "Intellectual elitism" is Gov. Strickland's code denomination for Blue Dog/DLC/corporatist inauthentic Democrats of the type Chris Matthews cannot get enough of. Chris is already going on one of his bonehead rampages re: the deficit, playing on the enemy's territory in which he's throughly comfortable and sanguine. Once again, his negative obsession with the public option manifests itself. No, Chris, it has been anything but "thoroughly discussed" on your show. Misrepresented and slimed, by you, yes.