2. The practice common among establishment centrists of ritualistically denigrating progressives in order to win over imaginary swing voters and David Brooks. Sometimes misinterpreted as a boneheaded political mistake, it's actually a sign of deep and unselfish commitment to pleasing owners and professionals even at the cost of losing elections.
2. After a pleasant afternoon of tongue-kissing insurance lobbyists, David Axelrod decided to go down to the Washington Post for some hippie punching.
A: "Are you a member of the "professional left"? Is this about the healthcare public option?! Bwah hah hah! We sold that one away to big pharma before you even heard about the term "Obamacare", suckaz! See you in November, m'kay?"