One of my all-time favorite Balloon Juice comments (from commenter MikeJ):
The choice isn’t obot or paultard, it’s being too cool to actually approve of anything. The whole thing smacks of effort, man.
Democrats are also famous for only liking the first album (or better yet, the unreleased demos.)
I wonder, though, if this is more true of professional centrists than anyone else. They liked Obama when he was relatively unknown Senator, they hate him now that he’s president. The only candidate in either party that they liked in 2012 was indie darling Jon Huntsman. All elected officials regularly break the professional centrists’ hearts by selling out, in the form of opposition to whatever barbaric, unpopular “grand bargain” the professional centrists are pimping.
The only way to impress the professional centrists is to walk away from it all, like Evan Bayh (even though walking away from it all meant quitting as a Senator to become a lobbyist). I guess that’s not the only way, there’s a few rebels like Joe Lieberman and John McCain, fighting bravely to change the system from within.
And, of course, caring too much about anything (other than bipartisanship) is strictly verboten.