Last night, Rachel Maddow asked Spencer Ackerman if he'd noticed any appreciable increase in ballsiness on the Democratic side of late. His response: "Never underestimate the spinelessness of a Democrat." (You can watch below.)
Ackerman was talking about the probability of Democrats caving on Guantanamo, but the Dem grassroots are also freaking out about all the other things Democrats might cave on. (Pretty much everything.) Here's a buffet selection:
1. The fiscal cliff. This is the big one. They're worried Obama will concede entitlement cuts without getting his tax hikes for the rich. Obama has calmed things down a bit by announcing that "I'm not going to negotiate with myself," i.e. he won't give ground first.
2. Medicare and Medicaid cuts. This has been the topic of a major panic attack on the Daily Kos after Obama advisor David Plouffe spoke of the need to "address" the two programs, which are the "chief drivers of our deficit."
3. Filibuster reform. Some Senate Democrats are still holding out, including liberal Diane Feinstein and Arkansas's Mark Pryor.
4. Guantanamo. See Ackerman and Maddow, below.