It's things like this that make it impossible for me to support Barack Obama:

Let's review: In Act One, Barack Obama clasped hands with the coal industry and promised subsidies for liquefied coal fuel. In Act Two, environmentalists growled that Obama was backing one of the worst technologies ever devised from the standpoint of global warming, and, eventually, the senator backed away, which in turn made the coal industry very upset. So now we've reached the finale, in which Obama tries to pacify all sides with a clever compromise.

He's a bad candidate for the same reason that Fred Thompson is a bad candidate: He's accomplished little in government and doesn't seem to know what he's doing. It's hard to fault progressives for not noticing this, though, because our other choices kind of stink as well -- it's the story that's most completely getting buried by the story of the even worse Republican field. As of now I will be writing in Russ Feingold.

Posted by Aaron S. Veenstra ::: 2007:06:25:15:04


Sophie said:

What is your opinion on Ron Paul? I'd be interested in hearing your take.

Ron Paul is unsupportable for a handful of reasons, not the least of which is that this supposed libertarian is ardently anti-choice. He also represents the zenith of the Republican two-part philosophy of fucking up while in government, and then proclaiming that government can't get things done. He's partly right, in that *Republican* governments can't get things done; Democratic governments tend to perform just fine.

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