6 thoughts on “Politics as usual

  1. And the cartoon is exactly right as some Muslim women wearing scarves were requested to “change” their seats since they sat behind Obama’s podium and in direct view of the camera. Muslims will be stupid if they cast a vote for this Neocon in sheep clothing!

    ATW

  2. “Obama has to be careful in regards to a very desperate Republican party.”

    Wow, I strongly disagree. While I may be casting a vote for Obama this November, I couldn’t be more unhappy about this. For a candidate that espouses change from the old guard of partisan politics and petty attacks, Obama seems eager to kowtow to the very idiots that are suspicious of his religious background, median-voter and Republican alike. Obviously, Obama doesn’t think much of a lot of us, as he has staked his electoral success on a careful choreography designed to stir the pot (and the stirrers are freaking morons!). I have my eye-rolls and groans all ready to go for the sea of headscarves that will be behind him in the weeks to come.

  3. Ugh, sorry. “… as he has staked his electoral success on a careful choreography designed to stir the pot …” should read “as he has staked his electoral success on a careful choreography designed NOT to stir the pot …”

  4. Obama is also my preferred candidate and I would like to say that although I understand why his staffers did this, I do not agree with it.

    At the end of the day politicians are politicians and the “Obama for change boat” sunk immediately after his win in Iowa. This marked the start of actions that’s main motivation was political such as the firing of Samantha Power and other events. This is a minor issue on what is becoming a very long list.

  5. “This is a minor issue on what is becoming a very long list.”

    You’re right, Saeed. I have no illusions about either candidate’s tendency or willingness to engage in business-as-usual campaigning, and even the most pedestrian student of American politics knows that institutional and electoral constraints tie the hands of most executives to realize grandiose claims of change. Still, unlike a Clinton/McCain or Kerry/Bush or even Clinton/Bush, Sr. match-up, the ideological gulf between Obama and McCain is notably significant, and we have a hard-fought Democratic primary to thank for that. Obama has at least articulated positions that fall outside the median-voter slice of the electorate (the same portion to which all politicians target under the American system of winner-take-all politics), and as a left-leaning American voter, the prospect of an Obama presidency acting as an appropriate countervailing force to the Bush presidency presents an attractive alternative.

    That said, I am fully prepared to watch Obama hightail it for the political center, as he and McCain pander shamelessly to the same middling electorate as always. My only hope is that he returns to his base during his presidency, which is exactly what W. did.

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