This will be one of those sermons that will be rejected by the people who need to hear it, but unnecessary to those who will.
You Obama supporters who went back and forth, agonising over the decision before pulling the lever for Barack. I'm not yelling at you. As the growing incompetence is revealed, you will make the adjustments yourself. Plus, being the optimistic sorts that you clearly are, you will find some good things about the Obama administration that we postliberals will be unable to perceive, depressed as we are by the feckless offense given to allies, the political retribution, and the undermining of justice - all at tremendous expense. So we need you to notice those bits to keep us from getting suicidal.
And if you still haven't gotten there to recognising your mistake, no worries, mate. You will.
It's you others I'm talking to. The danger is that if things don't go well, you will retreat to the same position you did with the Clintons - that they were people who wanted to do good for the country but were unfortunately flawed, allowing their political opponents to hamper them. When such thoughts begin to occur to you about the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress, resist them. I want to take that excuse away from you. I want to make it harder, not easier for you to see the reality. I want to make it more expensive to admit you were wrong, and not allow you to plead guilty to a lesser offense.
I believe the key to America's improvement lies with progressives' ability to see the realities of the world and about themselves, and I don't want that to be watered down or deflected. The changes we will need to make will not come from 51% Republican majorities, but a greater national consensus of over 60%, applied consistently for more than one session of congress.
You have believed that politicians saying nice things to people who are oppressed - and insisting that everyone else say nice things - is more important than the downtrodden having actual jobs and dignity. You have believed that people having stuff collectively is worth more than self-respect. You have voted for that and you have gotten it, and when it tanks, you must not think it is some accidental misfortune.
You have believed that regular people will not get good things unless government makes it happen. You take it as a given that something called the market will treat people unfairly, and civil servants, not perfect but well-meaning, are needed to prevent abuse. You have thrown your lot in with the idea that the government is far less corrupt than private industry, and have hired that fox to guard the henhouse. This is exactly where Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Rangel, Dodd, et alia are taking us. When government corruption prevents recovery, it is not because you have had the bad luck to elect a few bad apples in with the good folk.
You have believed the spin that Obama's predecessor was stupid and incompetent, and reasoned that smarter people must obviously do better, so everyone can relax. You have bought the lie that governing is actually pretty straightforward if the leaders can just be inspiring enough and apply liberal ideas. Governing is hard, and as the reports of Obama being overwhelmed and tired are already surfacing in the first two months, I want you to come to grips with the reality that it is not his opponents who are just making things impossible. Obama has the greatest party majority with the President since Jimmy Carter 30 years ago. When the windmill falls, it's not Snowball's fault.
I say all this fully granting that Obama is inheriting a difficult situation. Remember, however, that it is partially of his own making, and even more, of his party's making. Remember also that this is the US Presidency we are talking about. It's never easy. If it were easy, we could elect any charming and bright person with a good heart to do it.
Truly, I would rather you continue to deny reality, infuriating as that is, than to accept a face-saving evasion. We will absolutely need significant majorities to get out of this, and you taking a flier on a couple of safe-sounding Republicans next time just isn't going to cut it. The safe-sounding Republicans, quite frankly, I will be voting against in the primaries.