Pathetic, as in:
"For green groups, President Barack Obama’s retreat on ozone standards is another reason to question how aggressively they want to support his reelection in 2012. Even more bruising: the realization that they may not have much choice.
Thus the "environmental Left" is just as pitiable and pathetic as any other segment of the Left, for the same root causes:
- The Left self-identifies as an abused hostage of the Democratic Party--one that has "no place else to go";
- Even while "screaming bloody murder" about its abuse at the hands of the Democrats, environmentalists and other segments of the Left clearly, repeatedly and loyally state their support for the party in the next election--thus guaranteeing that the abuse continues, because of;
- The Democratic leadership's calculus that they gain political benefits from kicking their base in the teeth from time to time, and that no harm will ever come to them from doing so.
Until the Left identifies some way to effectively change their own behavior, none of this will change, regardless of how many branches of Govt. the Democrats control, or who the party leadership is. This "I'm mad as hell at the Democrats but will always remain completely loyal to them" tactic is clearly not working.