I knew this thread would likely attract the sorts that like to pile on when a Democrat is being criticised.
Quite right. As a general rule, when liberals criticize conservative leaders, conservatives take the opportunity to criticize liberal leaders, and when liberals criticize liberal leaders, conservatives take the opportunity to criticize liberal leaders. I started a thread
in advance of the 2008 election for supporters of Obama to express their disagreements with their candidates. I invited supporters of McCain to start their own thread about their disagreements with their candidate, but, of course, they would have none of it. That didn't stop some of them, however, from piling on Obama in my thread -- and, I'll note, Finn
was the first to hop on.
Eventually, though, conservatives manage to express some hesitant disapproval of their own leaders. It just happens after they leave office. I was surprised with the number of conservatives who courageously stepped forward to criticize GW Bush after Jan. 20, 2009. It was like someone had flipped a switch.