Ceci Connolly, the WaPo staff writer tries her best to make this tactic from the base of the party out to be a bad thing - or the old "Democrats in disarray" meme - but, this is exactly what Democrats needed to do and should do more regularly.
This sell-outs are precisely why legislation gets watered to to an almost unrecognizable form - doing little or nothing of its original intent.
These fuckers aren't real democrats, they're corporatist democrats - conservadems - and the very reason republicans were able to remove almost all banking regulations and consumer protections over the last 20 years or so.
These fuckers are just as guilty of causing the economic meltdown. These are the fuckers who convinced Bill Clinton it was OK strip FDR's banking regulations down the bare bones.
These fuckers who allowed republicans go to war in Iraq, to install a domestic spying program, and are as guilty as any republican of whatever disaster resulted from those illegal acts.
In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators who they accuse of being insufficiently committed to the cause.
[snip]In recent days -- and during this week's congressional recess -- left-leaning bloggers and grass-roots organizations such as MoveOn.org, Health Care for America Now and the Service Employees International Union have singled out Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) for the criticism more often reserved for opposition party members. [snip]
"Democratic senators are taking millions of dollars from insurance and health-care interests and getting lobbied by those donors and coming out against a position that 76 percent of Americans agree on," said Adam Green, interim chief executive of Change Congress.
The Web-based MoveOn.org plans to run ads this week against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) over the issue.
"The Democrats were voted into office to fix this problem," said MoveOn political advocacy director Ilyse Hogue. "It is absolutely our job to hold them accountable."read more...