I wonder what moderate Obama voters are thinking nowadays
Posted by Lissa on August 12, 2009
I do, truly.
I don’t mean the extremely partisan Obama voters, ones who might damn him solely because he hasn’t yet closed Abu Ghraib. Neither do I mean the ones who will love and revere him no matter what he does, believing in the idea of Obama far more than the actual man and his presidency.
I’m curious what the more moderate voters, the “centrists,” if you will, think of President Obama’s work so far.
Do they think the stimulus was a good idea that isn’t working? Or isn’t working yet, but it will eventually? Do they think it was a bad idea in retrospect but that couldn’t have been known at the time it was enacted?
Do they think that Obama has made some strides in repairing America’s reputation with the rest of the world? Do they, personally, walk with more pride for having elected a black President?
Or do they cringe at his maligning of a Cambridge cop without — by his own admittance — having the facts? Do they hear about some of Obama’s stumbles (anyone here speak “Austrian”?) and realize that Dubya was unfairly maligned for his (frequent) verbal mis-steps?
Do they cheer at his passionate rush towards enacting single-payer healthcare? Or do they blanch at his telling the opposition to stop talking and get out of the way? (Knowing that since the Democrats control both the executive and the legislative branches, Republican votes are not necessary to pass any bill; therefore it is not their support that is being sought, but rather their silence.)
Do they loathe the drone strikes which are still taking out Taliban leaders and which are a holdover from the Bush days? Do they write it off as pragmatism, something necessary for international security and domestic political points? Or do they shrug, knowing that no politician is going to please you 100% of the time?
These are the things I wonder. It’s funny — I’m surrounded by Obama supporters, but I don’t know the answers. (And of course answers are going to vary widely.) For those who are closest to me, I’m extremely wary of starting this conversation. And a good deal of this is my fault. In the heated run-up to the election I discussed my opinions so passionately — and I don’t mean that in a good way, I mean headlong and reckless — that I burned a lot of conversational bridges. I do not want to get in anyone’s face.
So — if you voted for Obama, where is your political barometer nowadays? If you didn’t vote for Obama, do you know folks who did, and how are they feeling about his administration so far?