Tuesday, January 16, 2007

If Obama were to ask me...

Today's Washington Post announces that:

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D), one of the Democratic Party's brightest young stars, jumped into the 2008 race for the White House today, establishing a presidential exploratory committee that is expected to lead immediately into a full-blown campaign for president.

In typical Obama style, we hear prose that sounds good:

"Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can't tackle the big problems that demand solutions," Obama wrote in an e-mail message to supporters released this morning. "And that's what we have to change first. We have to change our politics, and come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans."

If he were to ask me, I'd tell him many of us are tired of candidates that talk the talk but never produce results, that we are tired of candidates that pretend to care in public yet do not appear to be genuine in their responses to those with concerns. We have a large number of politicians who run from ego rather than from compassion, who test the waters of public opinion rather than to have the courage to make hard decisions. If that is the type of candidate he's going to be? Then don't add to the money machine that is in part created by candidates, change does need to happen but it needs to happen from within...

But then he won't ask me, he doesn't even acknowledge or return emails on issues that were important and still left unanswered questions as to his ethical views.


Anonymous said...

No, they haven't become bitter, they've always been that way. Look at some of the political bouts that took place before we even formed this country.

But it is a good point... politicians that reach accross the isle to get something done with the other 'team' lose support of their own party. Take McCain and Lieberman for recent examples (still so thrilled that Lieberman pulled of the independant run). Heck, even DeWine took plenty-o-heat on the AM talk for being part of the gang of 14 avoiding the judicial showdowns of last year.

Me4Prez said...

We would have to rethink the way we chose candidates across the board. That is crazy talk.

I like people to work across the aisle, I just don't like Lieberman and think he should switch. I wasn't for going after him in the primaries because if there was any chance he would run as an Independent in the election, it was fairly certain he would win. I think of the modern McCain and Lieberman the same way, selling principles for support and power

I loved Lincoln Chaffee and wish he would have switched so the Dems could support him. I would have been glad to work out a trade between the DNC and RNC.

Hooda Thunkit said...

"I loved Lincoln Chaffee and wish he would have switched so the Dems could support him."

That's the beauty of this country, they could have supported him, if they really wanted to, IMO.