Andrew Sullivan has a wonderful piece on this past weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity: Moderation In The Defense Of Sanity Is No Vice. Most Of The Time.. Excerpt:
If the ghost of Richard Nixon will allow me, Stewart and Colbert have sensed a silent plurality, alienated by both parties, still hoping for Obama's success, and yet unwilling to worship any politician or even take themselves too seriously for fear of falling into the same foul-smelling bullshit that already covers far too much of our political culture.
I felt with the Obama campaign, as I had with the Clinton campaign, that Dems tended to put him up on some sort of pedestal. I felt as if the were saying: if you're not frenetic enough, you must be supporting the other side or something. For me, it is not that at all.
I support Obama as much as I did before he got elected. There were two candidates (OK, there's the Green Party but that would have just swayed the vote) and Obama represented more of my core values than did that other candidate - and I did bother listening to what the opposition candidate had to say, even if he didn't have a (D) after his name. I never expected Obama to come flying in like Superman and change everything in the first year or even his first term. Get a grip, people, he is a president, not a king and he can't necessarily decree the changes we want to see. If you want the presidential office to have that kind of power, then remember it holds for the other party when they take office.
So, you didn't get everything you wanted, come midterm elections. Are you seriously saying that you're going to punish the Dems for that by not going to polls or voting for the opposition candidates because you're disappointed? OK. Well, I hope you're considering the alternative because you know what? It can be worse than this.