Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rachel Maddow - What Obama should have said...

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This is obviously hardcore wish-fulfillment, but how sad is it that these perfectly reasonable responses are in the realm of near-fantasy. President Obama, this is more important than reelection. My primary-vote for Hillary Clinton is looking smarter and smarter every day. Come what may, Clinton wouldn't have cared about appearing bipartisan, she wouldn't have cared about being liked or respected by her political opponents. It must be said, this president lacks even the political courage of George W. Bush. However much we disagree with much of what he rammed through, he did get what he wanted when he wanted it, especially during his first term. Your opponents are going to savage you no matter what you do Mr. Obama, you might as well play to win. Barack Obama was never my favorite of the Democratic nominees, but I tried to remain optimistic that there perhaps was a progressive hidden inside the cautious pragmatist (especially after his spot-on speech in Philadelphia in Spring 2008). But, at this moment, at this point, I'd gladly have a primary challenger to vote for in the 2012 election, be it Dick Durbin or (one can dream) Russ Feingold.

Scott Mendelson

1 comment:

Edward Powers said...

When Rachel Maddow speaks seriously about an issue, she is absolutely credible and convincing. My only quibble is that she tends at times to be too cute by half, in this case by referring to "fake president." This is supposed to be what she wishes Obama would have said, and so the use of the word "fake" detracts from the otherwise serious tone. Nevertheless, she is right on the money, as is Scott when he says Hillary is starting to look more and more like the better Democratic candidate. I used to think Feingold was a good choice, but his feckless idea about censuring George W. Bush made him look like a pie-in-the-sky idealist, not the kind of pragmatic leader this country is crying out for.


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