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  •  How about a category 4? (1+ / 0-)
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    wmtriallawyer

    People who never believed Obama was always right but aren't so skeptical as to be easily disillusioned as the category 2 people, and definitely haven't vacillated between the 2 categories.  

    Rather, category 4 would include people like myself who like Obama but realize that politics is a very ugly game where constituencies are always being bought and sold, that the legislative process is ugly, that no politician should ever be trusted completely, and that we shouldn't get too emotional over every late breaking development.

    That's kind of where I fit in.  I know, kind of emotionally detached, cynical, and Vulcan-like.  But I guess as someone who views everything in the context of the complex and not so pretty history of American politics, I've learned not to get too up or down about the day-to-day happenings of politics.

    •  Category 2 isn't just people who are "easily (1+ / 0-)
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      wsexson

      disillusioned"

      This user is no longer hiking the Appalachian Trail with her Bar Exam study materials. . . Now what?

      by Muzikal203 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 02:24:08 PM PDT

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        Muzikal203

        "easily" disillusioned was presumptuous on my part.  But I do get that category 2 also includes people who for reasons that are entirely valid are losing confidence in Obama's ability to get this done.

        I still hold that I don't fit into that category either.  My confidence or lack of will be determined by what happens in the end.  Not even when or if a reform bill is passed, but whether and how the damn thing actually works in the long run.

        The reason I haven't lost or gained confidence based on this or that is because what diminishes our confidence today may be something we interpret differently a week, a month, a year, or many years from now.

        For example, the lack of insistence on the public option or the emphasis on bi-partisanship may be a confidence killer to some today, but a year from now we might see with hindsight that it actually helped pass the bill.  We simply don't know for sure at this point.

        So I while I may become a tad discouraged when, for example, word gets out that the Obama admin is backing off the public option, I never get hung up on it for long because it won't mean a damn thing if the final bill has a public option anyway.

        That doesn't mean that I won't call the White House or my congressperson to insist on a public option.  I have done so and will continue doing so.  I just try not to get too emotional either way about it, that's all.  

        I know it's probably annoying to some people, but I simply don't bounce up and down very easily.  Sometimes I don't make judgments on events for many years.  It's like I'm a damn robot.  So shoot me.  

        But in any case I appreciate your thoughts and continue to enjoy your diaries.

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