I've supported Obama since I watched his announcement in early 2007 with excitement, I voted and caucused for him in the Texas primacaucus, and I'm going to vote for him in November.Part 2 includes:
So in what sense did he "lose me"? As with my mom's "How Kerry lost me," I haven't gone from supporter to non-supporter. What I mean is that I used to hold these beliefs:
I now believe that I was wrong. Specifically:
- I thought he was clearly, dramatically preferably to Hillary Clinton.
- I thought he was virtually the dream candidate for 2008, with the obvious but overlookable exception of his thin resume.
It's taken me a long time to get to this point because there's no single issue or moment that decisively turned me off from him.
- He's probably better than Hillary would have been, but it's at least really close, and I'm even open to the idea that she would have been better.
- I still support Obama, but not particularly more strongly than I'd be supporting any other mainstream Democratic candidate who was the nominee.
- He's just not a good enough candidate. Democrats are entitled to feel very disappointed about this.
Rather, it's a long list of things that add up to the "He's not good enough" conclusion.
It's getting clearer and clearer that what has gotten him so much attention and adoration despite his inexperience is not his ideas or policies or even his life story. It's two things: he's black, and he can give a great speech. If you took those two things away, it'd be inconceivable that he'd be chosen over Biden, Richardson, or Dodd, let alone Hillary Clinton. I'm not complaining about the focus on his race -- I think it's really important to have the first black president. And I'm glad he gives a great speech. But look, fellow Obama supporters: that's not really enough, is it, considering the crisis America is in right now?Among other things, Part 3 says:
Obama's two main responses to being asked whether he was wrong on the surge (which you can see starting around 4:00 of this clip) are, to paraphrase:Cohen dislikes McCain and still vows to vote Obama, but his analysis (and his acknowledging the limits of his knowledge) is interesting.
So his position is: the surge wasn't successful enough . . . and by the way, it was successful beyond our wildest dreams?!
- It didn't do what it was supposed to do.
- No one, not even Bush or McCain, expected it to achieve the positive results that it did.
Shouldn't Republicans be asking "how could we win this guy's vote?", and "can we win without voters like him?"