The American people are tired of war. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility.Secretary of State John Kerry • Making a case for some sort of military action in Syria. With 1,429 people (including at least 426 children) reportedly killed in last week’s chemical attacks according to the U.S. government, President Obama laid out the possibility of a “limited, narrow act” to help in the region. Around 80 percent of Americans believe Obama needs Congressional approval before taking such an action.
But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.
What a country.
Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.Edward Snowden, calling out the Obama administration for trying to block his asylum. Oh, and he made his statement through Wikileaks.
I welcome this debate and I think it’s healthy for our Democracy. I think it’s a sign of maturity because probably five years ago, six years ago, we might not have been having this debate. I think it’s interesting that there are some folks on the left, but also some folks on the right who are now worried about it who weren’t very worried about it when it was a Republican president.
Of course, despite yesterday’s warming rhetoric, the NSA’s widespread data collection was a highly and tightly kept state secret, which rather undermines the idea that this is a debate the White House welcomes.
Here we are talking about the post-Obama world, and where the Obama coalition is going to go. We think that Cory [Booker] is one of the people who is best positioned to advance that movement.Steve Phillips, founder of Pac Plus, a progressive SF-based super PAC. There is a recognition amongst Democratic and progressive operatives that the Obama coalition won’t necessarily make it to the polls for every future Democratic candidate, and that if the left wants continue to utilize that coalition, it will have to be intentional and thoughtful with regard to which progressives it supports. Pac Plus is going to pour between $1 and $2 million to help elect Booker to the recently-vacated senate seat in New Jersey, which will be filled via a special election this October. source
Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings—59%—that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source