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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 12:07 PM
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25. I did.... And to suggest Clinton got a pass, while Obama is not...
Edited on Mon Sep-26-11 12:13 PM by hlthe2b
and that that is attributable only to racial bias is to exclude that gargantuan difference-- Obama is facing enormous challenges at a time when the stakes are so much higher than during the Clinton years. We face not only a worldwide recession (and very likely a double dip that in retrospect in future years may end up looking more like a true "depression" ), but an accompanying collapse of the middle class and an overwhelming increase in poverty. We have an aging lay-off prone population facing age discrimination in hiring and a youthful population facing an equally dismal job market. More and more of our population have lost any hope of home ownership after seeing the blatant criminality of the banking industry that has seized homes in foreclosure at a record rate, with little attempt to work out solutions. Not to mention the grinding pain from two wars... If American progressives are less "forgiving," less willing to give benefit of the doubt, it is arguably because the stakes are so damned higher now.

Had Clinton had the same level of "success" and conversely "failure" in against a recalcitrant and obstructive RETHUG congress during his tenure while ALSO facing the same level of economic and societal "pain", I sincerely doubt he would have face less criticism and diminished support than Obama. Yet where is this factor in MHP's analysis? Racism seems to be an all-too easy default explanation, but a highly simplistic one. Someone of Harris-Perry's intellectual caliber should know better.

I am not abandoning Obama, but I have my share of disappointments and concerns. While I acknowledge that none of us can be free of race as an influence on our thinking, I can say without reservation that if Clinton were President today with the accomplishments, failures, and challenges of Obama's current record and pursuing the same strategies and policies, I would view him (Clinton)with the same disappointments and concerns.
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