I was told by the Left that dissent was patriotic

Apparently there was an expiration date on that sentiment. Now that the Left holds the reigns of power, siding with The One is patriotic.

Mr. Obama called Ms. Collins and Mr. Specter, as well as Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, another Republican expected to support the deal, to acknowledge they were acting against pressure from their party and, one official said, to thank them for their patriotism in helping advance the bill at a critical time.

The clear implication is that, by voting “nay” on a bill that deficit-spends “roughly $900 billion”, the Senators in question fell short of their patriotic duty. I guess they must hate America.