I get really tired when people erroneously claim to know my motivation behind what I write, and that no matter what you tell them, they insist they know my agenda better than I do.
The fact is, readers very often project their own ideas onto me and then hand me the blame. Or I’m accused of being on a vendetta against Obama because “your girl” didn’t win the nomination. It’s so fucking tiresome — and sexist. Really sexist. It implies that I couldn’t possibly hold the opinions I do based on any kind of logic or evidence. (I assure you that I can go weeks, even months at a time without even thinking of Hillary Clinton, except as a generic cabinet official.)
I don’t think I could be any clearer about where I’m coming from: My loyalty is not to Obama, or to the Democratic party. It’s to the voters. It’s to civil liberties, economic and social justice. Yes, Obama has accomplished a few things, but he’s also continued a lot of really bad policies from the previous administration.
I really don’t get how those same policies drove us nuts when Bush followed them, but now we’re expected to maintain a polite silence.