As Peter Hart noted earlier, New York Times political reporter Matt Bai has a piece today (12/1/10) critical of Barack Obama for being "loath to publicly disown his base." Bai writes of Obama: "Since he isn't willing to break publicly with liberals, independent and conservative voters tend to see him as a tool of the left."
You know, when your chief of staff refers to progressives as "fucking retarded," your press secretary denounces the "professional left" and your senior adviser says that such critics are "insane"; when your vice president tells the left to "stop whining" and you yourself urge them to "wake up"–I'd say you've broken rather publicly with liberals.
Presumably all this hippie-bashing is mainly done for the benefit of journalists like Matt Bai. It's a shame he wasn't paying attention.