Simply because there is no other choice! Of course!
Now, even though the number of Americans who know how goddawful Republicans are is at an all-time high, the entire country lives in the shadow of their inevitable return. And it IS inevitable.
Let's say for argument's sake Obama stops moving at a snail's pace begging for Republican assent at every goddamn step of the way (I can see him in an old folk's home decades after his last term has ended, 'I'm THIS close to bipartisanship!'), and accomplishes at least a handful of great things . . . eventually the same old script is going to call for 'change' and the voters will turn the levers for 'change' and what will come back up will be the only other option: the GOP. The GOP then will not tarry for Democratic assent on anything they do, and will once again set world records for raping and pillaging and murdering brown people overseas before plundering their assets, stealing from the poor, eating babies and snapping old people's bones to use as toothpicks. [Republicans work on coke. They will look at Bush's record with a head full of Bolivian marching powder and say, 'How can I top that?'] All of Obama's potentially good work could be thrown out in nanoseconds. So what is the long-range plan?
How does progressive America get out from the shadow of the inevitable Republican return?
And a related, but separate question: how does progressive America keep the Democrats as a whole from not turning into Lieberman-like douches? How do we convince those Democrats who believe in the 'left-right spectrum' and try to stay in the 'middle' of that idiotic faux-metric to instead ignore that b.s. and do the RIGHT thing and what the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN, and take a stand for healthcare for all, clean air and clean water, social justice and all that general
Why don't we stop using this odd direction-based analogy in describing what kind of society man wants to live in? Ditch 'left' and 'right' and start talking about doing the right thing. Saving lives at the expense of corporate profits is doing the right thing. That's not an opinion. That is a fact tinged with just the smallest scintilla of human compassion.