October 30, 2010

IF ELECTION REPRESENTED THE AFFIRMATION AND LOVE HE'D NEVER GOTTEN FROM PARENTS....:

Our divisive president, redux (Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen, October 30, 2010, Washington Post)

In a Univision interview on Monday, the president, who campaigned in 2008 by referring not to a "Red America" or a "Blue America" but a United States of America, urged Hispanic listeners to vote in this spirit: "We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us."

Recently, Obama suggested that if Republicans gain control of the House and/or Senate as forecast, he expects not reconciliation and unity but "hand-to-hand combat" on Capitol Hill.

What a change two years can bring.

We can think of only one other recent president who would display such indifference to the majesty of his office: Richard Nixon.

We write in sadness as traditional liberal Democrats who believe in inclusion. Like many Americans, we had hoped that Obama would maintain the spirit in which he campaigned. Instead, since taking office, he has pitted group against group for short-term political gain that is exacerbating the divisions in our country and weakening our national identity.The culture of attack politics and demonization risks compromising our ability to address our most important issues - and the stature of our nation's highest office.

Indeed, Obama is conducting himself in a way alarmingly reminiscent of Nixon's role in the disastrous 1970 midterm campaign.


...then imagine how personally he must take rejection by the voters? He's in real danger of becoming the most dangerous thing a politician can be: pitiable.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2010 7:11 AM
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