3 weeks in and grumbling already from liberals about Obama

If this is being reported in the Los Angles Times , you can bet that the situation with liberal policy wonks and activists is deteriorating for Obama.

What it reveals is that the Democratic base is even further left than Obama. And while Obama has shown some pragmatism in personnel choices and in keeping his options open on some Bush-era policies, this seems to have set the far left to grumbling that they may, in fact, actually have to convince the president to tilt even further left than he already has.

Advocates for stem cell research thought Obama would quickly sign an order to reverse former President Bush's restrictions on the science. Now they are fretting over Obama's statement that he wants to act in tandem with Congress, possibly causing a delay.

Critics of Bush's faith-based initiative thought Obama had promised to end religious discrimination among social service groups taking federal money.

But Obama, in announcing his own faith-based program this month, said only that the discrimination issue might be reviewed.

And Obama's recent moves regarding a lawsuit by detainees have left some liberal groups and Bush critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, feeling betrayed, given that Obama was a harsh critic of Bush's detainee policies when running for office last year.

The anxiety is also being felt in the labor movement, one of Obama's most important support bases. Some union officials and their allies are frustrated that at a crucial point in negotiations over his massive stimulus package, Obama seemed to call for limits on "Buy American" provisions in the bill aimed at making sure stimulus money would be spent on U.S.-made materials.

The left is stuck, of course. They can't criticize their guy too much for fear that they will simply anger the White House and shut them out entirely. But they can't continue to run interference for him much longer either or these groups will lose faith with their members.

Obama, as we constantly pointed out during the campaign, is one cynical politician. He said anything to everybody in order to get elected. Now that the left is discovering that he has his own agenda and that it doesn't exactly match theirs, the grumbling will only get louder over time.

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