Unfortunately many critics of the president and Democrats in general, Progressives they often call themselves, are so semantically and ideologically vulnerable they can’t disentangle themselves from positions that fail to react reasonably to the current flux of foreign and domestic policies – – proof that it isn’t only the rabid right that clings to immutable formulas to transform our world.

Liberals can slip into a comfortable mindset too. But if our leaders are held up to ridicule not only by opposition ‘analysts’ in the media and in Congress but by a healthy slice of ‘constituents’ we will forever be held in “no exit” zones. Name calling from former presumed supporters is no more appealing than the raucous voices of division on the right. It may be a bridge too far to expect that factions in our democracy will ever step back and see how destructive their interventions into the popular culture are.