It's hard to imagine a better example of reputation destruction than Dave Lindorff's 2008 pledge to vote for Obama, which I happened across again recently. Let's take a look, shall we?
I also, perhaps against all logic and experience, admit that I expect something good of an Obama presidency.
Well sure, because the success rate of choosing to act "against all logic and experience" is so high.
Call me naïve...
...should become the nickname he uses in all his future writing, on his business cards, whenever he introduces himself to people, etc: Dave "Call me naïve" Lindorff.
The unfortunate reality is that the true left in the US is a joke...
Yes, largely because of people who regularly opt to swim in rivers of self-delusion rather than pay attention to trivialities like "logic and experience." For example:
Finally, with respect to war and militarism, I tend not to take Obama’s warmongering seriously. Given the man’s background, I am confident that he is not a militarist by nature.
Right, because it's always a good idea to disregard a politician's most damning statements and instead trust that he'll contradict not only his own words but the consistent actions of every other politician who's ever held the office he's pursuing (that would be the aforementioned "experience"). If you want to know where Lindorff crossed the line from garden variety sucker to complete maroon, look no further.
A President Obama will have his hands full trying to deal with an unprecedented financial fiasco, and will want the wars off his plate as quickly as possible. Maybe I’m being a Pollyanna, but I simply can’t see a smart guy—and Obama is a smart guy—getting dragged into another quagmire.
Pollyanna? God, no, it's like you were Nostradamus.
[T]he crisis of global warming, so long denied by the Bush administration, is going to make itself felt soon in ways that will be impossible to ignore, and which will demand a crisis response. Obama, I believe, will be the right person at the right time, to lead that response.
Sure, if you happened to be ExxonMobil.
Now, I realize it's easy to laugh at people like Lindorff. But it's also fun. Give it a try and see for yourself.
ALSO: If you think I'm being too hard on our erroneous friend, consider these choice morsels from a February 2009 article of his:
[A]ll this formalistic arguing about the virtues of supporting a third party is an infantile diversion. ... In a way, the obsession of some people on the left with third party politics is like a perfect safety valve to prevent real change within the Democratic Party. ... [L]et me say it straight: third parties are a useless, and even dangerous diversion.
(Well of course, because real adults ignore "all logic and experience," right?)
Lindorff dubbed this infantile/useless/dangerous diversion of less politically savvy activists the "third party delusion"—clearly a malady to be avoided. Until he adopted it himself in July of 2011, that is:
There is at this point only one thing to do...It is to move forward with a strategy to develop a fully-competitive progressive Third Party to run races in every Congressional district and for every Senate seat up for grabs in 2012, and to run a serious candidate for President.
Feel free to search for any recognition of the hilarious contradiction between these two quotes. As with his logic-and-experience-eschewing support for Obama—and in behavior that's 100% consistent with other former Obama-backing progressive commentators I've read—Lindorff reverses himself without the slightest nod to the repudiation of his previous certainties, much less any admission of error. How wonderful it must be to live in an eternal now, where you feel that nothing you've said or done in the past has any bearing on whether or not people should listen to you today.