Barack Obama is facing a rebellion from the liberal blogosphere that helped him lock up the Democratic presidential nomination.
In recent days, Obama has criticized the Supreme Court for saying that child rapists cannot be executed and refused to oppose a decision knocking down a handgun ban. He announced a plan to support faith-based social work and said he would vote for a bill giving immunity to telephone companies that allowed warrantless wiretapping of their customers.
Those centrist positions may help woo swing voters, but they infuriated some of Obama's core supporters. Nearly 12,000 of them have formed an online group on Obama's presidential campaign website, urging him to vote against the domestic wiretapping bill.
You'd think that after the Joe Lieberman fiasco, the MoveOn.org wing would realize that they're not quite as powerful or important as they think they are.
They're apparently not as bright as they think they are, either. Can anyone explain this bit of genius to me?
"When a candidate decides to move to the center, he shouldn't move away from us," said Mike Stark, a University of Virginia law student who started the online mutiny.
Law student. Great.