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I don’t regret voting for President Obama

Over on Real Clear Politics today, there’s an op-ed piece entitled “Why I Regret Voting for President Obama.” It’s written by freelance writer and independent voter Jill Dorson.

I wonder what connections you need to call yourself a freelance writer and get published on RCP? I can write. I’m definitely freelance. And I definitely have opinions.

More to the point, I have opinions about Ms. Dorson’s piece. She regrets voting for Obama? Fine. But her alternative was the McCain/Palin ticket, which she dissed by saying: “Before John McCain unwittingly picked a tabloid-magazine cover girl for his running mate, I was leaning toward going Republican this time around.”

Is she so disenchanted with Obama that she’d have preferred seeing a bitter, often out-of-touch old man and his bimbo vice president in charge? Would things have been better then? I still shudder at the thought.

You pays your money and you takes your chances, missy. Just like I did. Like we all did. I’m not real thrilled either with a lot of what Obama’s done. Plenty of things about this last year have made me unhappy. But when I think of the alternative — going through all this with McCain and Palin in charge — I think I’ll just bite my lip and hang in there with what I voted for. At least I can still sleep nights, not worrying about an elderly president’s health and lucidity and the utter ineptitude of his winking hockey-mom of a vice president.

Obama’s been in office one year; he has three to go. I didn’t jump to conclusions about his presidency after 90 days, and I’m not writing him off now. Yes, I’m unhappy with a lot of things in Washington these days. I’ve complained loud and long right here on this blog and in letters to my elected representatives. But sorry I voted for Obama? Hell, no.

7 Comments »

  1. YEAH! What gets me down is that our national attention span is now measured in nanoseconds. Bush was in for barely a year when 9/11 twisted us all to hell. And then those GOP folks decided to leave the money changers to do as they damn well pleased. I guess if you’re cheering for the apocalypse this makes good sense. We knew when Obama got in that his job was gonna be difficult.

    Let’s have a little patience folks. Please?
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    Yeah!

  2. Never heard of her before your entry, and considering she doesn’t appear to be anyone special or prominent, I’m guessing the only reason Real Clear Politics picked up her tripe is because they’re slanted right and would have jumped on the first “I regret Obama” piece any ol’ former reporter barfed up. (She appears to be an ex sports writer. Which, of course, makes her about as qualified to pontificate about politics as any other person who can type.)
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    Credentials (if any) aside, she and others like her seem mighty impatient with the man they voted for.

    It’s a four-year term, people. Consider that before you vote.

  3. I still believe Hillary was the better choice. Oh well…
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    You may yet have a chance to vote for her. And meantime, she’s having a chance to show what she can do besides being Mrs. Bill.

  4. My big 3 problem?
    Obama (needs bigger balls and needs to stop apologizing for American policy)
    Pelosi (hate the woman, should be shot)
    Reid (almost as bad as Pelosi, and is too damn old and dated)

    Strange bedfellows and even stranger politics.
    I am currently ‘middle class’ and this administration has me up against the wall.
    Used to be a Dem but now I’m Indie.
    Gets more confusing by the day.
    No one has all the answers on either side of the fence.
    Jesus Krispies . . .
    ~m
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    I’m an indie, too, and for the same reason. Nobody has all the answers, so I pick and choose, some from column A, some from column B. Mostly I just can’t stand politicians, period.

  5. If there’s anything with Palin in it, I automatically vote for whatever else is running. Can’t help it. It’s like a reflex. To compete with Palin, the Democrats would need to give Biden a lobotomy. Biden’s no genius, but you’d still have to take away his frontal lobes to put him on par with Palin.

    I think there are a lot of good ideas out there on the conservative side, the problem is that it’s hard to listen to them while their busy being assholes. Maybe if the quit spending so much time trying to shaft Democrats, and started trying to help the country by focusing on making deals to get their proposals implemented, we’d all be better off. Unfortunately, it appears they do not want to play the game because it benefits them more to stand on the side with their ball and bitch about how things are going rather than get into the fight.
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    Despite his verbosity, Biden at least has useful expertise on Middle East matters. Beyond guiding a moose hunt in the Alaskan wilderness, I don’t know what Palin could have contributed.

    And I agree about Republican partisanship. Deciding, for example, to thwart health care reform simply because it would be a huge defeat for Obama is not the kind of thinking that benefits the nation. Not that the Dems have been much better. Washington politics are no longer about doing the nation’s business. They’re about beating the other guy no matter what, and the nation be damned. Sad, when we have so many serious problems that need to be addressed.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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