We have a friend who considers herself to be a good left-wing person. What she really is, is a member of the Democrat and Obama team. She identifies with the team and wants them to win. She learns what the current talking points are and uses those to guide her speech and thinking. She doesn't care if the current team talking points violate her principles, because she is only interested in seeing the team win.
Ted Rall is a real left-wing hero. He is not a team member and he is principled and does not want to see his principles violated by politicians. I am surprised that Supreme Leader Obama (president for life) has not either sent Ted Rall off to a Gulag or else has had a drone fire Hellfire missiles at him.