It is a popular practice on the left to accuse President Obama's critics of being motivated by racial animosity.

After all, Obama is America's first black president. Therefore, anything negative said about him, his staff, his policies or his handling of foreign and domestic issues is definitely, probably racist.

Well, not really. It’s merely a simple and easy way to avoid arguing actual issues with the president’s critics.

But here’s something fun: What happens when the criticism comes from people on Obama’s side of the aisle?

What does it mean when Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., and Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, along with former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. (now Obama's ambassador to China) level criticism at the president and his administration?

Are they, as the president’s most ardent supporters instead of his critics, motivated by racism?

Of course not. Don’t be stupid.

It’s just fun to turn the go-to defense of Obama on his Democratic allies.

“Look no further than the Democratic Party for some of President Obama's most vocal detractors these days,” the Washington Free Beacon notes.

“Democrats from within his own administration and those in or trying to reach Congress have issued public criticisms of Obama, whose approval rating continues to flounder, on a variety of issues."