January 22, 2008
Why I'm leaning Hillary-ward
Melissa McEwan expresses my feelings about Barack Obama very well in the fourth-from-last paragraph of her post:
And there's something else, tangentially related, that undermines my faith. Obama positions himself as transcending the ugliness of partisanship, but I like knowing that Edwards and Hillary hate the goddamned Republicans as much as I do. I love it when Edwards gets into his zone and talks about corporate greed with fury at the anti-American fatcats seething so clearly just below the surface. I love it Hils talks about the GOP through gritted teeth and hides a snarl behind a smile when the name Bush passes her lips. I trust that. And I trust it because I can't imagine anyone who believes the things I do isn't that. f******. angry. at the Republicans at this point. I want to see that anger. I want to feel it. I want to recognize and connect with it.
As I said in her comments:
How in the world could a Democratic candidate for President not be furious at what the Bush Administration and its allies have done over its lifetime in office? Instead he offers up "bipartisanship" and "post-partisanship."
I have to assume from what Senator Obama keeps saying that he genuinely believes that he can work with the Republicans in Congress. Well, I don't believe that. Since 2006 we've seen how obstructionist they've been in the Senate, blocking initiatives to get American soldiers, sailors and marines out of Iraq, to reduce funding for that miserable extension of Bush's imperialist fantasy, to begin weaning the country off foreign oil, and other Democratic initiatives too numerous to count (well, 72 times, if you really want a number), even when they've been in the minority in both Houses. It seems pretty clear to me that they won't work with Democrats while they've got a Republican in the White House; I don't think they'll be much more amenable if a Democratic President is elected.
We need somebody who'll use the White House megaphone to point the finger directly at the Republican Senators and say "These people are keeping us from doing good things for America." I just don't see a President Obama doing that.
Posted by Linkmeister at January 22, 2008 07:42 AM
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See, that's exactly why I DON'T trust Hillary Clinton...because she says all this crap and has this faux "seething rage" at Bush, but at every turn all she's done is vote to accede to his wishes and then whine about how people are picking on her for her votes!
Hillary Clinton is just 2 steps away from Joe Leiberman. And just typing his name makes me want to quote the great philosopher, Bill the Cat: "Oop! Ack! Pthew!"
Sollie, the Guardian reported a comparison of Clinton/Obama votes on selected issues (defined as ones American liberals would care deeply about) today. It's worth a read.
Short form: equal points for each.
That's now how I read it (though, you're right, that's how the author seemed to be portraying it).
In the back and forth of the article, it seemed to me that they were trying to make each issue seem equivalent.
I'm sorry, but supporting the continued use of cluster bombs (Hillary), going along with Bush on an unreasonably restrictive immigration rule (Hillary), and undercutting the ethics bill (Hillary) far outweigh the supposed anti-liberal stances Obama took on gun law and the Casey appointment. At least that's the way I look at it.