Thursday, February 7

Why Republicans Like Obama

A few people have been trying to convince me that Obama deserves my vote so they sent me this article out of The Washington Post.

What do you think Republicans---do you like Obama?

12 comments:

Hands-Free Heart said...

I've always been registered Republican, but Obama did capture my interest... probably a year ago. I didn't really investigate much further until the primaries began. His Faith and Politics speech resonated with me first. I think he has a healthy view on it, unlike those who want to restrict religious freedom and those who want to impose their religion on others through law instead of heart-changes.

Just today I received a different Washington Post article which reflects a lot of my reasoning. It is by Susan Eisenhower, life-long Republican and granddaughter of President Eisenhower: Why I'm Backing Obama.

For those more inclined to listen/watch than read, this music video http://yeswecansong.com captures the essence of my reasons as well.

momteacherfriend said...

I myself am still pretty uninformed when it comes to Obama.
My husband (R) definitely supports Obama.

Melissa said...

I'm glad you posted this because I was beginning to think it was just me! While he is appealing because of his charm and inspiring messages for unity, I absolutely disagree with his political views that are not moderate at all. He is a strong liberal and while I would like to invite him and his family over for dinner one night, I would not want him running our country!

I do wish the Republican party had someone of equal grace as a candidate. Someone who would inspire me and give me a hope that America will move forward and not repeat the same mistakes it continues to make over and over again.

TCC said...

Obama appeals to me on a personal level - meaning I think he is a nice person and I would probably enjoy conversing with him. Like that is ever going to happen!

However, saying that, I don't agree with him on a number of issues and he scored very low for me when I took those tests you have links for.

I am one who will vote with my head and not my heart. Typically someone is not going to sway me by the emotion of their words (Democrat or Republican). I'm looking at the substance behind those words. This doesn't say there isn't substance behind his words but rather, it is at this point where I tend to disagree.

Heather L. said...

Basically, he's appealing because he has the best shot at keeping Hilary from the Whitehouse. I also think it would be cool to have a Black President!! My husband and I have even thought about switching in the primaries to vote for him (instead of a rep. candidate) just to ensure that he wins, and not Hilary, in the primaries! However, as a real candidate in November, I couldn't vote for him because of his very liberal views on several subjects. Unfortunately, the republican candidate (most likely) will not be one I'm very excited about either.

Livin' Life said...

I am still not sold on Obama but after reading the article do you think Clinton and Obama will pair up after the primaries? Example: Obama for President, Clinton for Vice President or the reverse. Or do they have to much opposition between them to handle a cooperative agreement like that?

2 Boys' Mom said...

I do not like what Obama stand for and will not vote for him. Since Virginia has an open primary and Republican candidate essentially has been selected I'm going to vote in the Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton to try to keep Obama from winning Virginia. I know I am not the only one that is going to do that. I never thought I would ever vote for Hillary for anything but will in this primary to hopefully ward off Obama. I definitely won't vote for Hillary or Obama in the November election.

Hands-Free Heart said...

My (personal opinion) answer to Livin' Life's question: I think Hillary might like it, but I can't see Obama going for it. If he does, he would lose my respect and probably my vote. (Exception might be if he were running pres with her vp and he got her to give back all the lobbyist/corporate money she's taken in, etc.) I really can't see him accepting the vp role under her.

While they may be similar on many standard issues, Obama's whole platform is on uniting the country, changing Washington, listening to the people (and not to lobbyists and special interest bribes, etc.) I think he could do a great work of getting the people more involved in politics (actually informing their representatives of how they would like them to vote, etc.). I also could see him challenging both the people and the legislature to take individual stands and not just follow their party on every issue. Furthermore, he's humble enough to say that he can make a mistake... I think that could translate into him being able to support legislation that the people of the US say they want, regardless of his personal views.

Hillary is quite old- establishment, and as much as she says she's for change, she polarizes the nation far more into left and right. She's only into making the changes she personally wants. She doesn't want to reach across the aisle, she's hoping she doesn't have to because she's counting on Democrats to take the House and Senate in November.

Anonymous said...

2 boys mom, you're a Republican intending to vote for Hillary to keep Obama from winning? Is it because you would rather have Hillary as President or because you think your Republican candidate will do better against Hillary? It's unsettling that someone would use their vote to try to distort the other party's election.

2 Boys' Mom said...

Dear anonymous: I am neither a registered Republican nor Democrat. I generally select to vote in the Republican primary since I am given that choice by my state. This year with the lead that McCain has there is no way my vote will make any difference in the outcome of him getting the nomination. I would have voted for Romney if he had stayed in the race. I consider myself a Libertarian with more conservative leanings on social issues. So yes, I will vote in the Democratic primary where my vote will make a difference. Frankly this year, as with the last 4 Presidential elections, I don't think we have a good pool of candidates in either party and I am rather disappointed that the U.S. has such poor choices to run our country.

Anonymous said...

Dear 2 boys' mom: The poor slate of candidates might be true on the Republican side, but Democrats appear to be very pleased with their choices this year, as evidenced by the record turnout across the country. Have Liberterian/Social Conservatives ever had a candidate they could get excited about who had any chance of winning a general election? Reagan, I guess. I can't think of anyone else who wasn't just a niche candidate.

2 Boys' Mom said...

Dear anonymous, I do believe that the candidates on BOTH sides are mediocre at best. Yes, Liberterian/Social Conservatives haven't had a popular candidate. I do believe, however, that no one outside of the 2 big parties will be elected to become president of the U.S. in modern America. The press and the general population cannot seem to look past party affliation to give credence to those not labeled Democrat or Republican.

 

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