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    well kos' primary argument is that we can't have a Republican. so that to me is identity politics.

    And anti-woman, anti-black, anti-LGBT. I think that is perhaps a bit strong. I would agree that he is not a liberal in his views, but yet I would expect that Obama would not nominate him if he were not to follow Obama's lead in these areas.

    Fundamentally the job of secretary of defense is to determine defense policy. So if you don't like his views on abortion, is that really the right thing to look at? And wouldn't we expect that he follows Obama's lead on that anyways?

    My preference would be to look at his positions on defense, something the criticism of him hasn't even touched on.

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:28:19 PM PST

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    •  those things DO matter (0+ / 0-)

      His positions on the race, sexual orientation, gender, and abortion all have a great deal to do with the position. I'm just not sure I trust him to handle these issues in the way and with the force that someone who actually believed in our positions did (rather than someone who didn't believe in our positions but had to enforce them out of circumstance).

      That has more to do with my own personal opposition than does the fact that he's a Republican. The (R) part is relatively minor to me. (Although more important to others from a framing perspective.)

      The fact that he got it right on one war doesn't cut it for many (most?) of us.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:25:19 PM PST

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