Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Did Obama just 'Swiftboat' himself?

"The issue put Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in a particularly precarious spot. After long opposing the idea of immunity for the phone companies in the wiretapping operation, he voted for the plan on Wednesday. His reversal last month angered many of his most ardent supporters, who organized an unsuccessful drive to get him to reverse his position once again. And it came to symbolize what civil liberties advocates saw as “capitulation” by Democratic leaders to political pressure from the White House in an election year.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who was Mr. Obama’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted against the bill."

This will prove to be the worst possible decision for Obama. In my opinion, and I HOPE I'M WRONG, he has just Swiftboated himself. He had a chance to reverse his mistake, and now with Hillary voting against it, her supporters will hammer open the crack in Obama's support, and push, even harder, for her name to be brought up for a vote at the convention. They are probably on the phones at this very minute.

This is so sad. I can hear a chorus of Democrats saying that's how we sabotaged Gore and Kerry. I respectfully disagree. Gore and Kerry were terrible candidates to begin with, and they were weak when it came to rebuffing GOP attacks, vote counts, etc. Obama is/was an incredible candidate, who made an near impossible run for Democratic candidate for President a success, because he represented real change, and what we thought was, finally, a breath of fresh air in our political hot air landscape. Wow. I'm bummed. Again, I hope I'm so wrong, but I hear a distant rumbling of the foundation of his support. I will vote Democrat in November, but I'm taking a vacation for now.

And, Pelosi and Reid, and the rest of that sorry gang have lost the confidence of the majority of the electorate long before this, but this is the last straw. I hope they're proud of their pathetic performance. Time to kick the bums out...all of them.


hope4obama said...

Judi, check out the comments in Sadly, you are correct.

Anonymous said...

I'm not happy about the FISA thing either, but I don't foresee dire consequences. Why? Because most people are too stupid to understand the issues around FISA anyway.

High-info voters get it, and Obama supporters like you and me are pissed and/or disappointed. But high info voter are also the least likely to switch sides or sit out an election.

Now, the Swiftboat thing was easy to wrap a small brain around, so it really hurt Kerry. Ditto the crap the media peddled about Al Gore (inventing the internet, Love Story, et al). Therefore, those (non) issues hurt the candidates.

But I can't see FISA having a similar impact. Us lefties (if I may presume you and I belong to the same camp) will get over it because it's just too damned important an election to let our anger benefit McCain (unlike the PUMA jackasses). And the great unwashed won't even notice.

Obama could be Swiftboated, but it would have to come in the guise of another Rev Wright or Bittergate dealio, IMHO.

PS -- great blog! I followed you over from Rumproast, where I sometimes post and tangle with PUMA jackasses.

jon said...

This is an example of misreporting by the New York Times: Obama voted against immunity on Wednesday. Three times, actually.

He did change his position on whether or not he'd support a filibuster; and of course he voted for an odious bill. So I'm not excusing him. [I'm one of the people involved in Get FISA Right; we've made our position pretty clear.]

However, it's vital to counter this swiftboating by the MSM and set the record straight.