Josh Marshall puts very eloquently what is a major annoyance of politics on the left side of the center for me:
Whittle this discussion down and I think what you have is a fetishism of street protests. Or perhaps more generally politics as self-expression rather than political effectiveness.
Maybe the question shouldn't be why aren't there more demonstrations and protests, but why should there be? Would that be more effective in changing the situation on the ground in Iraq?
I think this applies broadly to the left as a whole. The anti-war protesters aren't willing to evaluate how effective their activities are in actually achieving political success, the key motive is to express to the public their opposition to the war – regardless of the effect it will have on political success, and, furthermore, the effect it will have on the lives on the men and women serving in our military.
I would further state, that anyone who puts their own self expression and their own moral satisfaction above what could be politically successful, aren’t really putting what is progressive first. Anyway, Josh Marshall put it better than I could. I think this is an excellent point and a very important gut check for the left to have if we are serious about winning in 2008 and putting our country back on the right track.