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TheDoorbellRang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 08:43 PM
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11. I was in the Gore camp, too, IndyOp
and have come but lately to Obama's support. One of the reasons I was for Gore (and stil would be if he somehow miraculously entered) was what I viewed as his ability to steer thru the shoals of Congress to actually get something done without compromising too much. I wondered if Obama could do that, and then I read this OpEd piece in WaPo last month:

Judge Him by His Laws

By Charles Peters
Friday, January 4, 2008; Page A21

People who complain that Barack Obama lacks experience must be unaware of his legislative achievements. One reason these accomplishments are unfamiliar is that the media have not devoted enough attention to Obama's bills and the effort required to pass them, ignoring impressive, hard evidence of his character and ability.

Since most of Obama's legislation was enacted in Illinois, most of the evidence is found there -- and it has been largely ignored by the media in a kind of Washington snobbery that assumes state legislatures are not to be taken seriously. (Another factor is reporters' fascination with the horse race at the expense of substance that they assume is boring, a fascination that despite being ridiculed for years continues to dominate political journalism.)

I am a rarity among Washington journalists in that I have served in a state legislature. I know from my time in the West Virginia legislature that the challenges faced by reform-minded state representatives are no less, if indeed not more, formidable than those encountered in Congress. For me, at least, trying to deal with those challenges involved as much drama as any election. And the "heart and soul" bill, the one for which a legislator gives everything he or she has to get passed, has long told me more than anything else about a person's character and ability.

Consider a bill into which Obama clearly put his heart and soul. The problem he wanted to address was that too many confessions, rather than being voluntary, were coerced -- by beating the daylights out of the accused.

Obama proposed requiring that interrogations and confessions be videotaped.

...more...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


This is the editorial that finally won my support -- Obama can work with both sides to accomplish what we progressives would like to see happen.
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