Saturday, August 23, 2008

Another Obamican Speaks

Susan Eisenhower: Reflections on Leaving the Party.

The beginning:

I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.

My decision came at the end of last week when it was demonstrated to the nation that McCain and this Bush White House have learned little in the last five years. They mishandled what became a crisis in the Caucusus, and this has undermined U.S. national security. At the same time, the McCain camp appears to be comfortable with running an unworthy Karl Rove–style political campaign. Will the McCain operation, and its sponsors, do anything to win?

(h/t: Instaputz)


Anonymous said...

I am just wondering if you still feel that Obama is the great black hope that was thrown about so much? Do you feel he lied to everyone just to get elected and then did exactly as Republican's wRned he would do? Has your's or anyones life been made better? What about what will happen in 2014 when all of these tax increases will take affect? The problem with Obama was that he turned into somethig else to get elected and then reverted back to the far left liberal he really was. In November I hope you will consider what this administration has done to this country and help throw out the bums. And I'm not just talking about Dems. If a Republican has been doing the same things he needs to go too.
Gordon Cox
Feel free to respond directly to me.

bjkeefe said...

First, what is this "still?" If you look at what I was saying all during 2008, I was predicting he would be a moderate and cautious president and as decent a man as it is possible for a president to be. Don't ask me to answer for straw men you have in the back of your mind. I knew, as did anyone with half a brain, that Obama was not going to be some magician who would wave a wand and make everything all better instantly. I knew the consequences of eight years of Bush weren't going to be fixed right away, especially with the Party of No trying their best to impede every necessary repair step.

Second, what is this "great black hope?" Why is that necessary?

No, I do not feel "he lied to everybody." As to what "Republican's [sic] wRned [sic] he would do," I'd say they warned of pretty much everything under the sun, so there is no way to answer that question.

Also: "your's" should be yours and "anyones" should be anyone's. But yes, my life has been made better by his election. I will let others speak for themselves, but I suspect I am not alone in thinking this.

You'll have to be more specific than just asking "about what will happen in 2014 when all of these tax increases will take affect? [sic]" in order for me to give much more of an answer than this: not much. Probably some revenue enhancement.

This is just wingnut idiocy: "then reverted back to the far left liberal he really was." I should have guessed from the racial slur and the spelling where you were coming from.

Come November, I will vote a straight Democratic ticket and urge everyone to do the same, unless someone I can't even conceive of is running as a Republican in some particular race. Say what you will about the Dems, at least they are not as bad as the Reps.

bjkeefe said...

By the way, what made you pick this post, of all posts, to pose your questions? Were you Googling Susan Eisenhower or something?