[UPDATED x3] Name one accomplishment by Obama
by susanhu, Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 06:22:02 AM EST
Yes, I know it's Fox. But those are all Obama supporters that Luntz is polling. And it is a problem with a good many of his supporters.
Update [2008-2-5 11:43:7 by susanhu]: A thought: This is quite typical of Obama supporters I encounter, even on many blogs. They haven't anything thoughtful or substantive to say. They just like his oratory. That's scary to me. But something happens: Once they are enchanted by the oratory, they don't think, especially critically. That's very worrisome. (Sen. Obama does have a few accomplishments, but frankly they pale in comparison to the 35 years of achievement by Sen. Clinton. He needs more time to work on more substantive legislation.) / END UPDATE THOUGHT /
Even giving a speech against a war in 2002 is not a real accomplishment, especially when you do it in a liberal urban district of Chicago, and your own neck isn't on the chopping block if you take the wrong vote. (Then, since you've joined the U.S. Senate, you've gone along with everybody else, and even refused to assist with Senate efforts to end the war. Your voting record is identical to Sen. Clinton's except that she had the guts to vote against the confirmation of Gen. George Casey to be Chief of Staff for the Army because, Sen. Clinton discovered, he wasn't taking care of the troops. But that didn't bother Sen. Obama, who voted for Casey.)
Then there was that appearance on Meet The Press:
In July of `04, Barack Obama, "I'm not privy to Senate intelligence reports. What would I have done? I don't know," in terms of how you would have voted on the war. And then this: "There's not much of a difference between my position on Iraq and George Bush's position at this stage." That was July of `04. And this: "I think" there's "some room for disagreement in that initial decision to vote for authorization of the war." It doesn't seem that you are firmly wedded against the war, and that you left some wiggle room that, if you had been in the Senate, you may have voted for it. ("Meet the Press," 2004, via MyDD, Nov. 11, 2007)Update [2008-2-5 13:34:42 by susanhu]: [Ed] [REST OF THE PIECE EXCISED. The first part stands on its own. But I am adding this from CNN this morning:]
Update [2008-2-5 13:34:42 by susanhu]:Obama Mocks Universal Health Care, Compares It To Solving Homelessness by 'Mandating That Everybody Buys A House'
This morning on CNN, Sen. Obama mocked universal health care, comparing it to solving homelessness by 'mandating everybody buys a house':What kind of analytical thinking IS THAT anyway? Yikes. Jeffrey Toobin keeps talking about putting him on the Supreme Court. I don't know.
ROBERTS: Senator, she suggests that you're falling short here by mandating coverage for children but not mandating it for their parents. What do you say?
BHO: [I] mean, if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating that everybody buy a house. the reason they don't have a house is they don't have the money.
This is a completely false analogy. Hillary's plan provides more generous subsidies so that everyone can afford coverage. Paul Krugman noted yesterday that Hillary's plan is "more explicit about affordability, promising to limit insurance costs as a percentage of family income. And it also seems to include more funds for subsidies." Details here.
By allowing healthy people to opt-out of health care until they get sick, Obama's plan drives up costs for everyone.