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  •  I'm a NonPartisan Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    Think Teddy Roosevelt, think Ike.

    Or even think Nixon, with his negative income tax idea.

    I'll vote values, not party, which is why I'll be voting Democrat for the foreseeable future. Obama is governing well to the right of even Ike, which back in his day, would have put BO in the left hand end of the Bircher Society.

    But what I won't do is spend a lot of time navel-gazing. Lesser evil, is all that it's about.

    •  A cockeyed optimist by comparison, perhaps. (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, since 2008, Obama has been far too inclined to try to appease the Far Right for my tastes. I went through a tough patch, personally, after the demise of the Public Option in pending HCR legislation, and another one after the budget wars and the downgrading of U.S. credit in summer, 2011. Obama could have avoided both of these outcomes. He could have taken a hard line, and stood up to RW tantrum-throwers. I wish he had.

      But, overall, I look at Obama's career, and I see the track record of a formidable political talent. This means something. It's why I wrote the diary. I believe the politician I support, must have values close enough to my own; just as importantly, the aspiring politician I support, has to be ready for prime-time. They have to understand politics--deal-making, compromises, all of it, and to use them when necessary. The most humanistic-democratic values in the world--which Cindy Sheehan may have, btw--won't mean a thing if you can't work with others very different from yourself.

      I look at Obama's time in the Oval Office, and I note political victories, jaw-droppers, that just keep piling up on his watch. The repeal of DADT. HCR. The death of OBL. And others I'm not thinking of quickly enough.

      Obama will have my vote again in 2012, unreservedly. And many happy returns.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:29:01 PM PDT

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