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The Obama Shift Continues

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At least in the middlesphere.

Alan Stewart Carl doesn’t throw his support behind Obama, but he certainly won’t support the Clintons…

I voted for Bill Clinton twice and, while I was a true-blue Democrat at the time, I have not regretted those votes even after I made a rightward leap and became an independent. I’ve continued to hold Clinton in high regard – out of admiration for the calm and prosperous times he presided over and out of defiance towards those who’ve used immoral means to smear the Clinton legacy.

In a matter of a few weeks, all the respect I held is gone. I can still admire what Clinton achieved as president (Bosnia, NAFTA, welfare reform, deficit reduction, liberalizing the military’s policy on gays), but his recent deplorable behavior has severed whatever affection I had for Clinton the man.

Agreed. I too can’t vote for Hillary now. Even if it would be in my ideological interests. I couldn’t live with myself knowing I put her in office, and thereby gave my tacit approval to what the law firm of Hill & Bill & Hackery is doing on the campaign trail. No way, no how, no thank you.

Meanwhile, Michael Reynolds joins the Obama crowd…

But it’s about more than policy papers now. Its about being sick to death of Atwater-Clinton-Rove politics. It’s about being nauseated by the idea of more automatic, tit-for-tat partisanship, more strategic divisiveness. Enough of Republican fear-mongering. Enough of the Democratic politics of envy and resentment. Enough of using patriotism as a weapon. Enough of triangulating. Enough with the seething and the ranting and the rage-aholism.

I’m not giving up all my cynical armor. I’m keeping the snark and the smirk and the wry look. But I’m taking off the chainmail. I’m taking a chance. I’m throwing in with Obama.

Here’s the thing…if a politician can actually make us feel that there’s hope, that there’s a chance to actually mend our partisan wounds, we shouldn’t ignore it. That’s what Barack brings to the table, and that’s why I’m excited about his candidacy.

UPDATE:
Kevin Drum has had enough of the Billary show…

I don’t like dog whistle racial appeals when Republicans do it, and I don’t like it when Bill Clinton does it. (And unlike Hillary’s MLK/LBJ remark, which was idiotically mischaracterized, don’t even try to pretend that this was an innocent remark. We’re not children here.) Yes, Obama has to be able to handle this kind of sewage, and yes, this will almost certainly be forgiven and forgotten among Democrats by November. But it’s not November yet, is it? My primary is a week from Tuesday, and I’m not feeling very disposed to reward this kind of behavior. At this point, it’s looking a lot more likely that I’m going to vote for Obama.

Joe Klein sees the shift…

A mass, unspoken decision had been made that Bill and Hillary Clinton had behaved unjustly toward Barack Obama. It was the sort of decision that Bill Clinton might have tried to argue with, if it had come from the presss: “Hell, that Reagan thing…c’mon that’s the kind of thing Republicans do to us all the time. Barack’s gonna have to get used to it if he wants to play in the big leagues…” Except he had pulled the Reagan thing–trying to make it seem as if Obama had said that Reagan’s ideas were better ideas–with the wrong audience…and I don’t just mean black people, I mean an entire political party sick of games-playing.

Reed Hundt sees a silver lining…

In any event, even if Obama defeats the Clintons, it is possible that the Clintons’ use of the race tactic now will inoculate Obama in the fall. It is possible that the public will see him, may indeed already see him, they way people see Oprah or Denzel Washington or Tiger Woods — public figures whose race and personal history is certainly well-known, but is not a reason for disapproval, hostility, or even disagreement. (Exit polls in South Carolina reported that about 70% of white voters said they would be satisfied if Obama were the nominee.) If by surviving the Clintons’ tactics Obama became that sort of public figure, then he would give Democrats at the top of the ticket a candidate who could produce a landslide not only in the South Carolina primary but also across the country in the general.

Interesting perspective. Who would have thought the Clintons’ hackery could actually do some good? It remains to be seen, but it sounds plausible.