.Yesterday, Josh Marshall published two different perspectives from readers. One post featured comments by longtime Obama supporter Theda Skocpol who is apparently disillusioned by Obama's incessant courting of Republicans. Skocpol wrote (emphasis mine, throughout this post): "Obama is, sadly, much to blame for giving the Republicans so much leverage. He defined the challenge as biparitsanship [sic] not saving the U.S. economy. Right now, he has only one chance to re-set this deteriorating debate: He needs to give a major speech on the economy, explain to Americans what is happening and what must be done. People will, as of now, still listen to him -- and what else is his political capital for? Speaking as a strong Obama supporter who put my energies and money into it, I am now very disillusioned with him. He spent the last two weeks empowering Republicans...."Well, I knew he was bought and sold by big donors and lobbyists. So that he was going after Daschle, one of the biggest whores in Washington didn't make me bat an eyelash.
I knew he wasn't going to get too far away from discredited Republican educational initiatives. So my hopes that public education would fixed is dashed.
I knew he was going to pander to the theocrats. So my hopes for the re-invigoration of Church-State separation have been dashed.
I knew he lacked a spine. So I never, actually, expected him to do anything but politics as usual and refuse to go after Bush, et. al., for all of their crimes.
So nothing that has happened has surprised me in the least. The only thing that spurred me to vote for Obama was Palin because the last thing we need is a religious nut with her hand on the button. The guy is, in every issue, showing himself to be the big damn phony that I recognized early on.