I have an Orange Hat displayed proudly in my loving room. My left-leaning Democrat credentials are in order.
But, FWIW, here is my perspective, circa 2010: Dude chose to make teachers (and unions, and gays, and etc.) into his Sisters Souljah, dude should have known he'd lose those of us who prioritize those issues. That's the way the game is played.
You stop whining, Joe Biden.
Show us the light between Arne Duncan and Margaret Spellings, and we will vote for you. Show us progress on Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and we will vote for you.
Hell, just show us progress of any kind. Show us change we can believe in... not philosophically, but existentially.
You ran on change? Change something, dude. Anything.