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  •  No, we don't (4+ / 0-)
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    We criticize Obama for what he does wrong, and praise him for what he does right. Above all, we praise him for not being John McCain or Mitt Romney, or worse, in the same way that the Nobel Prize committee did for him not being George Bush.

    I have a friend, a college classmate, who is in the tiny remnant Loony Left that does criticize Obama on almost everything, and I can tell the difference between him and the Kossacks I discuss these matters with. (I also have a classmate and friend who only believes what he reads on the Wall Street Journal editorial page.)

    Obama was wrong on his relentless bipartisanship. He has evolved.

    Obama was wrong on Gay Marriage. He has evolved.

    Obama is still wrong on Too Big to Prosecute, on Bush-era war crimes, and on unrestricted drone assassinations.

    Obama is right on economic stimulus, on raising taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, on women's rights, on minority rights, on immigrant rights, and to some extent on worker rights, among other things. He is right on ObamaCare as far as it goes. He has become right on guns.

    Now, if you really want to be able to praise Obama, you have to come to grips with the wronger than wrong Republican obstructionism that prevents him, and Congress, and all of us doing the right thing. Polls consistently show a growing Progressive majority on almost all issues everywhere but in gerrymandered state legislatures and Congressional delegations. That means that we can envision Obama Unchained once we deal with the filibuster, election shenanigans, and above all:

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:40:16 AM PST

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