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  •  As I've commented elsewhere ... (12+ / 0-)

    Hmmmm ...

    Obama and his team ran a fantastic campaign ...

    The transition team is strong to extremely strong and approaching things professionally.

    Obama's public statements since the election have been mainly very good.

    And, there are a lot of positives in his announced appointments and every individual announced has a strong resume.

    Okay .. so we should stop there and not discuss/consider strengths/weaknesses?  We should not push the Overton window in important policy arenas to help redefine "center" so that the Obama Administration has space to maneuver toward more sensible policies?

    I disagree.

    We should praise, I think, where praise is merited. And, considering that we generally are in accord, raise concerns with a tone that might foster someone actually listening to us. (Wasn't a problem for the past eight years since Busch-Cheney were hardly going to listen ...)  Take a look at this discussion of Obama's statement last week on Global Warming for a version of the mixing of praise and raising concerns.

    •  That's totally fine (12+ / 0-)

      It's the hysterical discussion that is disconnected with reality that's the problem, not the praise and criticism.

      Strategy '08: Obama vs. the other guy

      by dansac on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:20:28 AM PST

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      •  Believe we're in violent agreement ... (4+ / 0-)
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        but I am greatly concerned with those who seem to want to change the currency to "In Obama We Trust ..."

        I was greatly concerned about idolatry in near-worshipping of George the W and of the creation of idolatry-like memoralization of Ronald Reagan. That was WRONG, and not just because their policies and approaches were/are so destructive.  There is reason to fear the same when it comes to Obama ...

        And, by the way, I do not count myself/my household outside these concerns.  My 4-year old has an Obama poster on her door (her choice) and asks, basically every night, whether Obama will be on the TV since she wants to watch him (she prefers Obama-related songs on YouTube over any kid's video).  Another child has a piece of art work of Obama on his wall.  This is the first time, that I know of, that any member of my family has chosen to have a portrait of a politician up in the house.  Enthusiasm and hope? YEAH.  Blind loyalty? I hope not.

        •  See, it's a bit early for the (8+ / 0-)

          "In Obama We Trust" worry because...the guy hasn't even been sworn in yet.  Without a single tangible piece of action or legislation taken, attacking others for hoping to trust him now is jumping the gun.

          Strategy '08: Obama vs. the other guy

          by dansac on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:29:53 AM PST

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          •  Actually ... here we are not in violent agreement (2+ / 0-)
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            I disagree.  How many people are posting diaries/comments with 'how dare you question' or 'how dare you criticize' or 'how dare you raise any issue until he is in office'?

            Over-the-top, unrestrained, out-of-context criticism likely is neither productive nor, imho, justified.  But, arguing for blanket immunity from critical thought is not justified either.  [Note; I understand that is not what you are calling for.]

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