But O's "original supporters" were a very mixed bag -which is why he was able to win the election. In the milieu of "left" blogs, one may not notice that the disappointment story extends to all sorts of other people - for example, I have heard Teamster supporters of the Keystone oil pipeline express a feeling of betrayal in the same language, but on alternate beats, as environmentalist opponents.
You can't win election on a reform platform without exciting hope - and thus invariably creating some disappointment. What strikes me though is how so many Americans regard themselves as the true base.
Obama's "original supporters" were not the "progressives". I was very impressed during the 2008 campaign to meet so many people who were moderates, previously apathetic, and even defectors from the evangelical right.. Didn't see to many "leftists" making calls and/or knocking on doors. The invented past in which the people who supported Kucinich or Edwards suddenly appointed themselves the Obama base is quite curious.
Also "pushed" - what does that mean? "make militant speeches in the context of legislative defeat"?