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Actually, the full title is "Why Democrats, including me, are abandoning Obama."  And it's right over here: http://www.foxnews.com/...

It appears that something has changed Rob Taub's sentiments.  He says he's a Democrat, though the first piece he wrote for Fox News is a retread of his most recent blog: http://www.foxnews.com/... He also writes for Huffington Post.  But the title was catchy enough to get me to read and reflect... which I've done below the orange mirror.

I'm a scholar, and the first thing we do when we find something unusual is check our sources.  A Democrat blogging for FoxNews is unusual in my tiny view of the world.

Digging deeper into Huffington Post his columns produced this quote: "I find it terribly disappointing that the GOP wastes time parading around candidates with no chance of winning the presidency instead of presenting the American public with intelligent options and alternatives to what Obama and other democrats have to offer." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...)

So his disillusionment with Obama wasn't an epiphany over the past two months.  It occurred long before Romney's nomination was secured.  He says he's disillusioned because Obama hasn't reformed the government's fiscal policies (I seem to recall that all of Obama's efforts were blocked by Republicans... but my memory might be wrong.)  He also slams Obama for ignoring George Soros' advice and alienating "influential supporters."  I don't recall the Democratic Party platform being based on "listen to the really rich and important folks around you" -- and I'm skeptical of the notion that wealthy and influential people must always have the best ideas.

However, what really got my goat was this little paragraph:  "President Obama is said to abhor the daily machinations of Washington politics.  He refuses to miss more than two dinners a week with his daughters. He prefers not to meet with senators, congressmen or significant donors, yet he still expects to reap the benefits normally provided by those circumstances."

It was the snark about refusing to miss more than two dinners a week with his daughter that made me grit my teeth.  I'm a parent.  I've worked high pressure jobs and they can really destroy your family.  I don't think that eating dinner with his family and taking care of his kids for a couple of hours each day makes Obama a worse President.  I think it says a lot of positive things about his character and his empathy.   And I think that (unlike many previous Presidents) Obama apparently takes the scholar's approach to information and decision making rather than the traditional politician's approach.

I like that in a President.

An idealist like Taub seems to have a very rules-oriented concept of how roles should work.  I just don't think that his rigid notions of Lyndon Johnson as a political ideal are my notions and I'm not sure that LBJ as a President now would be any more effective than Obama is.

Your mileage may vary.

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