What Does Obama Owe Democrats?

So I slogged my way through this near maddening article about how Hill Democrats are unhappy with Obama for being “insular,” “insufferable,” “arrogant,” and so on, but at the end of it I can only come away feeling like it’s sort of mundane and routine. To wit:

“We have a great relationship with the Obama campaign and work closely with them on everything from message strategy to on-the-ground coordination in states where we have races,” said DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller. Jennifer Crider, the DCCC’s communications director, said the DCCC and the Obama campaign are working together “to bring our change agenda to the country.”

Privately, however, there is a different message coming from some Democratic quarters on the Hill and on K Street. Some Democratic leadership staffers complain that, having defeated the vaunted Clinton political machine in the primaries, the Obama campaign now feels a “sense of entitlement” that leads to “arrogance.”

One Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, compared the Obama campaign unfavorably to President Bush’s administration.

“At least Bush waited until he was in the White House before they started ignoring everybody,” the aide said.

Essentially, it’s a long list of complaints that Obama isn’t doing enough for everyone else, and that he isn’t coordinating with the Democratic Party at large just yet. But so far as I can see, the reason for the secrecy seems to be a desire to avoid leaks, and by extension better mold the press narrative. The fewer people who know something, the fewer chances that information can leak. And then, of course, there’s the time issue. To read this you’d think some Democrats don’t understand that Obama is running a Presidential campaign that requires him to spend a lot of time, well, campaigning for President. The complaints might very well make sense in a midterm year, but not so mch given the rigors of campaigning for the executive office.

But, on the other hand, doesn’t this cut both ways? I mean, we’re talking about the Democratic Party who let the primary drag on for 2 or 3 months after Obama had all but officially secured the nomination, forcing Obama to spend a lot of money battling an opponent who couldn’t win but refused to concede to reality, and in the process also sucked up a lot of resources that might have gone to Obama, the DNC, or some other general election fund herself. There could have been a superdelegate wave to Obama after he came out of Texas with more delegates, after Clinton’s narrow delegate win in Pennsylvania, or after the North Carolina-Indiana primaries where the door slammed shut. But they waited until a month after that to officially end the race, for the sake of their own political safety and at the expense of Obama’s campaign in many respects. It’s a bit shameless for them to now be complaining that Obama isn’t doing enough for them.