Except for the part about MSNBC (not sure what that’s about), the following is as close a reflection of my own thoughts on Barack Obama as I’ve come across.
Whenever conservatives talk to me about Barack Obama, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. But what exactly? The anger, the suspicion, the freestyle fantasizing have no perceptible object in the space-time continuum that centrist Democrats like me inhabit. What are we missing? Seen from our perspective, the country elected a moderate and cautious straight shooter committed to getting things right and giving the United States its self-respect back after the Bush-Cheney years. Unlike the crybabies at MSNBC and Harper’s Magazine, we never bought into the campaign’s hollow “hope and change” rhetoric, so aren’t crushed that, well, life got in the way. At most we hoped for a sensible health care program to end the scandal of America’s uninsured, and were relieved that Obama proposed no other grand schemes of Nixonian scale. We liked him for his political liberalism and instinctual conservatism. And we still like him.
Read the entire piece which is an excellent take down of conservative scholar Charles Kessler’s I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberlism.
Had the Supreme Court overturned the Affordable Care Act, the right’s fever would not have dropped one degree, nor, I predict, will the patient come to its senses if the president is defeated in November. Is there a doctor in the house?
True. Nor would Republican angst and looniness over the last four years been any less fervent had it been Hillary Clinton who claimed victory in 2008 instead of Barack Obama. Obama’s blackness only added another element for conservatives to latch on to. For the right, it’s never really been about Obama. It’s about not having a Republican in the White House to push the conservative agenda forward. That’s all.