Yes, I Can Be Uninspired and Still a Good Democrat

There are about five different people in my life right now who have taken it upon themselves to make me feel guilty for not being enthusiastic about supporting Barack Obama. Though they’ve all used different (but direct) tactics, their message is the same: if you don’t support him, it’s because you’re a bitter, cynical person both beyond and against hope.

That’s it, that’s their whole reasoning. One friend describes Obama over and over again as “inspiring.” Another, as the prime choice for liberals — which is how I would define myself, sure. Not once has someone forwarded me a video or article or excerpt of his policies. Instead, I am expected, at every turn, to take the man on faith, to be impressed by his “presence,” his ability to lead a crowd in chanting, his smile (yeah, it’s nice), his spunky wife, his amazing life story, his “positive” campaign, or his energy.

If I were impressed by a man’s ability to command a crowd’s attention, I would have voted for George W. Bush in 2004.

I’m tired of people being mad at me because I just “don’t get” Obama. I’ve said I’ll support him and will probably vote for him in the primaries. The points that I don’t like about him I’ve seen sanded down or I’ve read or watched — through my own searching — information that makes him more attractive to me. (By the way: this is harder than with any other candidate, I think: last week I watched CNN for four hours one morning, and they showed clips of Hillary Clinton talking about health care at least four times; when they showed Obama, he was saying things like, “Yes we can defeat the climate of negativity.” Is anyone pro-negativity?) Hearing him rally campaign workers or make babies laugh is never, ever, ever, ever, ever going to convince me to vote for him.

Ever.

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4 Responses to Yes, I Can Be Uninspired and Still a Good Democrat

  1. Star Straf says:

    Yeah there is a big cult of Obama – I noticed him when he spoke a democratic convention in ’04 and that made me remember seeing his name when I was doing neighborhood work in Chicago in the 80’s. But my feelings is that as long as someone votes I don’t care who for or why. I personally don’t care for Hillary and I fear the foreign leaders that already have a working rapport with Bill turning to him without realizing it. But when it comes to national election if Hillary wins the dem nomination I will evaluate her and McCain before I make my decision.

    Barack on the issues
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Barack_Obama.htm

  2. Jenn says:

    I like that Web site for issues listing; it’s a good resource. I’m with you on Hillary, as well — she doesn’t inspire me madly, either, but yeah, come November, the dem gets my vote.

  3. Kim says:

    I haven’t been swayed yet (now that Kucinich is out), so, I’m certainly not going to try to sway anyone else. I really don’t see the point to pushing someone purely based on their charisma and scoffing at someone who feels that isn’t enough is akin to saying, If you don’t cry at every episode of the extreme home makeover show, you have no soul. That kind of argument is too subjective and superficial to have real value.

  4. Jenn says:

    That’s the best analogy I’ve heard in a long time! (And I’m relieved to hear I may still have a soul).

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