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02 February 2008


David Adler

I agree with you on Obama and as you know I was already an enthusiast. I'd just like to clear my throat on one point: Obama's stance toward the GOP is not "can't we all just get along." That is his stance toward GOP *voters*. It's a shrewd approach and a moral one, and it might just win him the presidency. He's proven very capable of counterattacking the attackers, whether GOP or Hillaryite.


Hi David,

That's a fair point. But I should add it's not just Obama's conciliatory rhetoric that's got me frustrated -- his domestic policy proposals have all been far too conciliatory towards (for example) HMOs, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical companies.

A lot of people -- including a lot of people who know him from his days as a community organizer in Chicago -- are convinced that beneath his centrist, third-way, post-partisan veneer beats the heart of a genuine fighting progressive. (And believe me, I want to drink that Kool-Aid... )

That said, on foreign policy, Obama had me at: "I don't want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place."

Clinton's foreign policy team is made up almost entirely of people who thought the Iraq war was a good idea. Obama's team is made up almost entirely of people who opposed it all along, as he did.


Have you seen this very interesting analysis? My reaction was very similar.

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