We are not lying to ourselves. We are being practical. Obama did what he had to do. You have to maintain a level of center-ish policies as a Democrat. Full on leftist will never get the votes or approval. That is where the Left needs to stop lying to themselves. Just like the Tea Party was never going to become the heart of America, unfettered abortion activism is not. His gay marriage stance was necessary in 2008. By the time the Supreme court ruled, the opposite could be said. He was smart. He knew how to balance his true progressive core against the practical demands of being a leader that most Americans can get behind. In that regard, it was a master course. Not always perfect. But to say we need to stop lying to ourselves because he carried out these policies is ridiculous.