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Why it’s all about Obama

October 16th, 2012

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This piece was originally featured on Reuters.

President Barack Obama may have lost the first debate the minute he appeared on stage in Denver. Just by showing up, he changed the terms of the campaign. Viewers immediately saw the election as a referendum on the president. The decision became whether to fire him or rehire him.

This was bound to happen sooner or later.  It always happens when an incumbent is running for reelection.  Until the Oct. 3 debate, Democrats had made a vigorous, and mostly successful, effort to turn the election into a choice rather than a referendum: Which guy do you like better — Obama or Mitt Romney? Read the rest of this entry »

Will there be blood?

August 31st, 2012

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This piece was originally featured in Politico.

Will there be blood?

The question sounds far-fetched. But consider the extreme hatred that seems to be driving American politics right now. Case in point: A judge in Texas warned that a “civil war” was possible if President Barack Obama is reelected.

Partisan hatred is nothing new. We had plenty of Bill Clinton-haters in the 1990s and George W. Bush-haters in the 2000s. Clinton-haters resented Clinton because of his values. Obama-haters, however, go one step beyond. They assert Obama’s not a real American. That’s what the birther movement is all about.

Some delegates here at the Republican National Convention are wearing T-shirts saying, “I am pro-American, anti-Obama.” That defines Obama as … anti-American. Read the rest of this entry »