Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trying to find perspective

Barack Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet, and I'm back to feeling frustration with many of the folks at Open Left for pretty much equating him to a Judas-type character for being 'OK' with letting Joe Lieberman keep his chairmanship.

Again, I disagree with the move, but it's simply not worth getting this bent out of shape about. If Obama passes substantial health care reform, brings about a true green economy and succeeds in ushering in a new version of the New Deal ... who cares about Lieberman keeping his seat? Odds are, he's going to vote with the Democratic Caucus on the vast majority - if not all - of these pivotal issues.

I'm all for enacting a progressive agenda to bring about the change we need in our country. I'm not about throwing temper tantrums over things like whether or not one senator gets to keep a chairmanship.


Blogger jmSnowden said...

Let's call it what it really is, revenge. People are mad and want revenge on someone who didn't toe their line which is very inconsistent with trying to build an inclusive goverment. Kudos to Obama for defying the partisans. It won't be the last time.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Jeff. As a moderate Republican who crossed his fingers while crossing over to vote for Obama, decisions like this give me hope that things really might be different. It's refreshing to see someone in politics NOT be vindictive when they have the power to do so.

That being said, I think the most persuasive argument I heard for keeping him was from Evan Bayh when he pointed out that they can still remove him if he doesn't "behave". At least then it will look like removal with cause and they get credit for not immediately seeking revenge.

10:16 AM  

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