SlowpokeBlog Flashback: On Obama

Two years later, I find it interesting to read what I wrote about Obama on the eve of the 2008 Virginia primary:

Tomorrow is the Virginia primary, and for the first time ever I am considering intentionally not voting… The trouble is, neither Obama nor Hillary have shown solid progressive leadership. Both of them pander to the right to the point of grotesquery. I could almost forgive Obama his weak health care plan even though that issue is extremely important to me, but that “Harry and Louise” ad was so wildly irresponsible, it really made me question his judgment. Wouldn’t it be nice if Obama used his rhetorical talents to promote a real health care plan? He has also repeated right-wing lies about there being a Social Security “crisis”; his praise of Ronald Reagan was steeped in gauzy right-wing frames about the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s; and his campaign actually created an oppo page about Paul Krugman, a true-blue progressive hero whose intellectual integrity I greatly admire… Obama has been so reckless in his approach to these bedrock issues that I simply don’t trust him. Sorry to rain on the hope parade, people, but there it is.

I actually admire Obama for what he managed to accomplish on health insurance — but aside from that, I’d say my misgivings were justified. Not that you’ll ever see me as a vaunted TV pundit.


  • Paul Healey

    I remember sharing your concerns at the time, along with a concern about whether Obama had enough political experience to fight the bare knuckle fights of the presidency. As of today I am leaning toward the latter as the real problem. He doesn’t seem to know what power he has, or how to wield it, and seems to prefer giving in to risking even a minor defeat. It’s probably a distinction without a difference. Either way the Republican whackos win, and us real Americans get screwed.

  • Adrian Bartoli

    Considering the well-known expertise of the Republicans to spin things against the Democrats, it would have been inevitable that Democrats would be hurt rather than helped by the fallout of a lack of a compromise/concession plan on taxes.

    Bottom line: Republicans vote the party line and Republican voters never consider “not voting.” Unless Democrats can unite despite their differences, the USA will continue its downward spiral.

  • Jen Sorensen

    @Adrian – I always vote in the general election no matter what. I just wish there was a way to steer the Dems in a better direction without the risk of electing Republicans.

  • Mr. Mayes

    @Jen Sorensen – There is a way to steer them in the right direction. It just requires a lot of money. At the end of the day we get to choose between the candidates whom the lobbyists, corporations and mega-donors “pre-qualify” for us.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.