By Novenator from Eyesonobama.com:
President Barack Obama is a pragmatist who has taken many compromise positions that have left many on the left slightly disillusioned. However considering the political climate in America, this is as much real change as we can expect for the moment, and it is far better than the alternative.
Cindy Sheehan, the woman who took on the failed Bush regime after her son was killed in the Iraq War recently published a series of condemnations of President Barack Obama on her blog. I expect attacks from the right wing, although honestly I am a bit surprised how venomous and outrageous a majority of them are, but am finding criticism more frequent from the left these days.
The problem here is that Cindy, like soo many people cannot understand that Obama is a pragmatist. I am a big supporter, but he has disappointed me on numerous issues, such as not immediately repealing the Patriot Act, FISA, and not ending rendition.
However, in lieu of the cultural climate in America, I think people forget that he is a pragmatist, he genuinely wants to reach across the aisle and find some middle ground, despite the 'he's a commie!' rhetoric from the obstructionist right. This may be a flaw in the end, but it is politically wise and could lead to more progressive change in the long run. After all, would you rather have Barack Obama and Joe Biden or John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House?
Granted, this is a compromise position, but as someone who spends a majority of my time in very red parts of the countryside, I can tell you this, he still seems quite foreign to them and they do not trust him (speaking generally here), so his pragmatism is making minor inroads. If he tries to do to much, his reach will be overextended and this will trigger a backlash, just like it did in 1994, leading to the conservatives retaking congress and effectively hamstringing any shades of change we could have possibly enacted.
So before anyone on the left condemns Obama outright, consider that you might be playing right into the hands of the Republican think tanks who are eager to demonstrate that disapproval of Obama is universal. We on the left need to keep pressuring him to do the right thing (there's an FDR quote of that somewhere), but need to be constructive in our criticism.
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