February 18, 2008

Just words...



For those of us who haven't been taken in by the "new kind of politics" hype, for those of us who have been asking our Obama supporting friends, "Yeah, but what's he going to do? How is he going to be able to wave a magic wand and bring all the partisanship to heel? How is it that he can be so eloquent on the stump, but seems so unfocused in the debates?"

It's all starting to make sense now. It appears that David Axelrod has a one-size-fits-all candidate suit. As Taylor Marsh puts it:

Rhetorical flourishes are inspiring, especially when they're authentic. The problem comes when they're canned.
Even Jake Tapper, no Hillary lover by any stretch of the imagination, notes:
It does seem to me that this issue may also be one between Obama and his supporters, not just Obama and Patrick. Thousands, if not millions, of Americans are inspired by Obama's words. They do not think they are "just words." But many of them also likely think they are at least somewhat original.
And before the Obama supporters come over to tell me that it doesn't matter, that this troubling pattern of "borrowing" and claiming for one's own is irrelevant, please be prepared to tell me at the same time, what ONE issue does Barack claim as his line in the sand? Give me one, just ONE issue where he has taken a stand and says there is no room for compromise. And please don't tell me that he opposed the Iraq war because I will ask you, what exactly has he done in the US Senate since being there that hasn't been identical to Senator Clinton?

I don't want someone who is willing to concede any point before negotiations even start. This is not operating from a position of strength.

I don't want a motivational speaker for President. I am not looking for an Orator-in-Chief. I want someone who has a deep understanding of the intricacies of policy and who has gone to bat for the issues I care about, even after being knocked down, time and time again.

I want someone who will stand up for what's right, even when the recipient of her support slaps her in the face. Yes, I am talking to YOU MoveOn. For those of you unaware, when the Republicans forced a vote to condemn MoveOn.org for their Petraus/Betray Us ad, who voted to support free speech and who ducked out on the vote?

I want someone who can walk in to a meeting and be so well-versed on a subject that she knows what questions to ask and of whom to ask those questions.

I want someone with well-thought out plans for how this country can restore the middle-class, create new jobs while weaning us off oil, who realizes that the cost of secondary education is out of reach for some and has a plan to help. I want someone who is willing to fight for universal health care.

I don't want someone to tell me "Yes we can!"

I want someone who says "Yes we will!"

(Edited at 10:11) Ooh. This sounds familiar!

6 comments:

Mike said...

Carissa, Obama has a clear record of a decade of successful coalition building. His message is based on concrete experience in this regards.

Mike said...

Re: yeah, what's he going to do?

I would direct folks to his detailed plans, posted at his website, etc.

And, to the sites also that post the legislation authored by members of Congress.

Do the research!

carissa said...

Yes, let's compare and contrast. Who has the better record of sponsoring legislation and actually getting it passed? And to that may I add the work "meaningful" legislation?

The reality is, since Sen. Obama joined the Senate (applying the same standard the email applies to Hillary) he has sponsored two bills that have become law:

— a bill that sought to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

— a bill that named a post office.


On the other hand:

In her time in the Senate, Hillary has sponsored 21 bills that have become law including:

— a bill that extended the availability of unemployment assistance.

— a bill which established a program to assist family caregivers.

— a bill that provided benefits to public safety officers who were killed or injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But Hillary's accomplishments in the Senate are not limited to bill sponsorships. Among her many other legislative accomplishments:

— Hillary worked with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to expand access to health care for the National Guard and Reserve.

— Hillary passed an amendment that created a national program for teacher and principal training and recruitment.

— Hillary used Senate rules to force the Bush administration to make emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, available over the counter.

Mike said...

Way off on your facts.

Lugar-Obama enacted in Jan. 07.
Destruction and interdiction of conventional weapons, detection of wmd enhanced, etc. $48 mil. appropriated. More later...

Rob G in Chicago said...

Obama supporters are told to refer anyone asking about Obama's policies to his website, and to concentrate on more inspirational talking points, such as what brought them to support Obama, and their favorite flavor of Kool-Aid. Perhaps if Obama would spend some time reading "his" positions at his website, he would be more willing and able to competently debate actual issues in wonkish detail, rather than spout slogans.

carissa said...

Lugar-Obama enacted in Jan. 07. We are not talking about joint sponsorship of bills, we are talking about original sponsorship.

Okay, maybe I should have printed the full response from Hillary Hub.

There is an email circulating that grossly misrepresents Hillary's legislative record, as well as the record of Sen. Obama. (Various versions appear on the Obama campaign website here, here, and here.)

The email only gives Hillary credit for bills where she was the original sponsor and have also been signed into law. Here are the facts. In her time in the Senate, Hillary has sponsored 21 bills that have become law including:

— a bill that extended the availability of unemployment assistance.

— a bill which established a program to assist family caregivers.

— a bill that provided benefits to public safety officers who were killed or injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But Hillary's accomplishments in the Senate are not limited to bill sponsorships. Among her many other legislative accomplishments:

— Hillary worked with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to expand access to health care for the National Guard and Reserve.

— Hillary passed an amendment that created a national program for teacher and principal training and recruitment.

— Hillary used Senate rules to force the Bush administration to make emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, available over the counter.

Meanwhile, the email gives Sen. Obama credit for every bill he introduced or signed on as a co-sponsor, whether or not they became law. The reality is, since Sen. Obama joined the Senate (applying the same standard the email applies to Hillary) he has sponsored two bills that have become law:

— a bill that sought to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
— a bill that named a post office.