Dionne on Obama

Jim, you pointed me to today’s column by E.J. Dionne. Yes, it is very good, and like you I agree with what he says. It is, of course, all about the rhetoric of politics. And Obama is certainly playing that well. That is good to see. It has been fun watching the Right suddenly speaking out in support of judicial activism (which overturning the Affordable Care Act would be) after they’ve spent the last generation demonizing what they call judicial activism. I think the reality is simply that everyone likes judicial activism when it is activism in the way that they want. It reminds me of the line in Bruce Cockburn’s song “Justice.” “Everybody wants to see….justice done…on somebody else.”It shows that the judicial activism the Right has long played is simply a canard. The best part of the Dionne piece is his showing that Obama is calling out in detail and specifics what Ryan’s budget would cut. Of course Romney doesn’t like that. It shows Ryan and Romney to be the pawns of the wealthy that they are. That should be what the election is about. The only question is how many voters can be convinced of the facts. We both know people for whom no amount of evidence would be enough to make them believe the truth about Ryan’s budget. I’m glad Obama is speaking out. It is important, and there are still more people who will believe facts if they hear them. He won in 2008 on that, and he can again.
Thanks for sending the column. Gives me a chance to post good on the president. I know my last post was harsh, and my point is Obama (as the best politician will be) is a mixed bag. Romney, on the other, is wrong on every issue I can think of. Obama is mostly wrong only when he has no choice because of the nature of our current political system.

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We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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2 Responses to Dionne on Obama

  1. Jim says:

    Just to take a little wind out of your sales, I must say, this story’s legs are going to be limited. The right is likely to say that any SC decision that limits government is constitutional, and increasing government is unconstitutional… except when it comes to their ideas of morality like abortion. Not that this is any sort of consistent or rational approach, it’s it, however, the way they see it. Obama will need to steer carefully to back up his comment. It is strange that a judge (in Texas, where else?) would take him to task on the issue – isn’t that kind of activist?

  2. JP says:

    Perhaps you mean the wind out of my sails? Though I’m still not sure I get it. I agree with your comment, and it seems to agree with my post. All sides will spin what happens as best they can. Well, they always do. Because Romney will be Obama’s opponent, the story may have longer legs than it would otherwise, just because he, you know, more or less created Obamacare in MA. And it’ll depend on what other big stories come along to knock it off.

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