Political Interlude

Here in Missouri I saw a car festooned with the most virulent anti-Obama bumper stickers, plus one that read: “I’ll be as gracious to your president as you were to mine.” That settles something I’d wondered about: a lot of the anti-Obama vitriol, I feel certain, is little more than revenge for decent peoples’ justified anger over things W. Bush actually did, and for the Right’s embarrassment for having supported a moron, while we have a nice, well-spoken, dignified president.


  1. Peter Lawless says

    Kyle- While there may be a bit of that type of vengefulness in some people’s political discourse, I don’t think it is fair to say that it is the cause of “a lot” of it. There are a large number (I happen to be one) of young people who voted for Obama due to his optimistic rhetoric, but have now realize that he is nothing more than a regular politician (read as “liar”). I know many other college-age individuals who are waking up to the fact that this whole left-right paradigm is a false construct. The differences between Democratic and Republican politicians seem to be mostly of degree and not of substance.
    KG replies: I, too, am deeply disappointed in Obama so far. But that some Democrats have no more spine and integrity than Republicans does not mean that there’s no significant difference between the Democratic and Republican platforms. To steal a great phrase, it’s not that the Democratic platform has been tried and found wanting, it’s that it’s been found difficult and left untried. I voted for Obama realizing he was no great liberal, I knew there was going to be no “post-partisan era,” and I’m disappointed that he hasn’t kept even the feeble promises he made. But to call Obama a socialist when he’s obviously a moderate, even right-leaning Democrat, to claim he’s going to “kill grandma,” to portray him as Hitler when he’s hardly made any changes at all, is not a rational response, but deeply vicious staged political theater.