Donors who gave $200 to Barack Obama in 2008 but have not yet in 2012, by location. The darkness of the dot corresponds to the number of drop-off donors in that zip code. (Map by Buzzfeed.)

An Obama campaign spokeswoman, Katie Hogan, disputed BuzzFeed’s analysis with the statistics, noting that 98% of its donors have given less than the $200 threshold this year and that the campaign is ahead of its 2008 pace. But Obama is now operating with the technical advantages of a permanent campaign, including history’s largest email list, and the political advantages of incumbency, which traditionally draws business interests and favor-seekers to the candidate. Aides have long anticipated that muscle and technical prowess, combined with fear of a Republican takeover, will replace inspiration in keeping the campaign fundraising on track. – Ben Smith of Buzzfeed

THE MAP ABOVE is indicative of expectations not met. If you’ve been reading here since 2007 you already know there was no chance they would be.

But as you’ll see if you read the article, people remain willing to “come home” to Obama in November. They like Pres. Obama, but just wish he’d be more hopey – changey like he promised.

That adolescent mindset is why Obama wasn’t challenged in 2012, as well as why the Democratic Party is allowed to continue its rightward lurch. It’s also why more people are turning to “independent” as their affiliation, because non-Republicans and liberals have no one representing them anymore.

The presidency is the identity of your party. It’s why both Ds and Rs are in crisis.

Even with a “grand bargain” likely under Obama if he’s reelected, progressives and other left-leaning Democrats, because there is no real “left” like there is a “right” in politics, refused to challenge him on principle. Not even when Pres. Obama and his administration parroted Republican economics, which is further represented by the Cory Booker contingent, backed solidly by Pres. Clinton, did people get the message.

That it’s hypocritical and political expediency that drives Obama’s campaign against Bain and Mitt Romney is obvious to anyone remotely intelligent on our President’s self-serving ways. He didn’t mount any economic push in 2010, then capitulated on Bush tax cut extensions after the midterm massacre, but when his own reelection is on the line populism is drizzled in his reelection word salads.

Rep. Barney Frank’s Huffington Post article is quoted in my book, because he was one of the few who challenged Obama on his 2008 primary campaign mantra that the battles of the 60s and the 90s were a tiresome struggle from which he would liberate everyone.

It’s instructive that in an exit interview with New York magazine, spotlighted by Matt Stoller on Friday over at Naked Capitalism (a worthy read), Frank once again exposes Pres. Obama on slithering away from fights on principle that represent the Democratic brand over decades.

The mortgage crisis was worsened this past time because critical decisions were made during the transition between Bush and Obama. We voted the TARP out. The TARP was basically being administered by Hank Paulson as the last man home in a lame duck, and I was disappointed. I tried to get them to use the TARP to put some leverage on the banks to do more about mortgages, and Paulson at first resisted that, he just wanted to get the money out. And after he got the first chunk of money out, he would have had to ask for a second chunk, he said, all right, I’ll tell you what, I’ll ask for that second chunk and I’ll use some of that as leverage on mortgages, but I’m not going to do that unless Obama asks for it. This is now December, so we tried to get the Obama people to ask him and they wouldn’t do it. During the critical period when the TARP was being administered, there was a vacuum of political leadership. And Obama at one point, when we were pressing him, said, “Well, we only have one president at a time.” I said I was afraid that overstated the number of presidents. We had no president.

There’s a reason people are holding back money, the map above revealing the truth of just how much, even if in the end they vote for Barack Obama anyway; though no voter has bitching rights if he or she isn’t willing to use their vote for something other than maintaining the status quo.

Until Democrats and progressives get over their fear of failure, which might allow Republicans to win an election while they fight for party principles, there is no hope the Democratic Party will be anything but a mirror image of Republicans, just squishier on some issues to keep the base pacified.