it is amazing how disappointed the left is with obama. it all crystallized around that performance in the first debate, which was incomprehensibly described as a kind of treason or betrayal of the holy cause (=important tax code adjustments). the man can't have one non-optimal moment. people who take this line should think about whether they've ever had a bad day, and then they should watch the debate again and try to evaluate the performance with a little more objectivity. ok, cb, i understand the problems with talking about 'the left.' here i mean your basic american mainstream 'progressive.' now 'progressive' doesn't really adequately describe the stance, which is that things are going to get much, much better, because the government will redeem us. obama was the emblem of this, and was the object of a quasi-authoritarian cult: people seriously viewed him as the redeemer. chill out; it's healthy for y'all to realize he, like me and you, is just a human being in a mess of a world. the disappointment was proportional to the wacky expectations. and in my opinion, if you are looking for a leader to inspire us all into a future bright with promise, you should quit and try to stand on your own two feet. the thirst for leadership, of course, is a craving to be subordinated, to stop thinking, and to engage in the bizarre pretense that some people are demi-gods. that people stopped yearning toward obama and started re-yearning for bill clinton: what were they doing and why?