Talking down to black people? I forget, how do Sharpton and you make all your money? That’s right…talking down to black people.
Bla, bla, bla – the only recent “centrist” position that Obama has taken that I don’t get is the FISA Bill vote.
If you’re a democrat going nuts about the Obama’s death penalty support (e.g. for child rapists) or the expansion of faith based programs, go ahead and read Audacity of Hope. He explained his positions there almost 2 years ago.
If you’re pissed about his “flip flop” regarding Iraq withdrawal, you haven’t been watching the debates. “We will be as carefully getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in.” Remember that Obama debate quote? 16 months for a withdrawal was a forced number based on a 1 or 2 brigades per month estimate – what happens if we’re out in 14 months or 22 months? Six of one, a half dozen of the other.
As for the FISA Bill, Obama didn’t have to vote at all since mccain was busy “campaigning” and of course didn’t cast vote. HRC purposely voted against the bill – ha! Understanding her voting history for Bush plans that assist big business, you know Hillary would have been a “yea” otherwise. Regardless, unless there is some unexplained reasoning behind his vote, it was straight up stupid.
There is a thought that Obama voted for the FISA Bill because as president he can bring criminal prosecutions against telecoms AND/OR the administration that ordered the illegal wiretapping even though the civil immunity was passed via this bill. Moreover, there is a thought that the passing of this bill doesn’t matter since Obama believes he will be the next president in a few months and can fix things in January.
Regardless, for the first time in the 5 years that I’ve casually followed Obama as a politician, I don’t understand one of his votes. And, I thought he was black Jesus. Damn.
Here’s my explanation: FISA was going to pass no matter what Obama did. However, if he had voted against it and it still passed, with a Dem-controlled Congress, then the obvious question becomes: Why can’t the new leader of the party convince his own people to vote with him on this bill? Makes him look like a weak leader, which would have been played up in the press. So: he can’t change the outcome no matter what; he looks weak if he votes against and it passes, and the left hates him briefly if he votes for it and it passes.
Excellent point. I wonder why he didn’t abstain from voting like McCain. Seems like an easy enough way to not “piss” anyone off.