While doing a search for something different, I have found this remarkable Daily Kos entry (yeah, I have to link to it) which introduces Senator Obama’s diary on the Daily Kos. Yeah, the courtship started THAT early.
The context of Obama starting this diary is the forced vote against Roberts for SCOTUS – only in the very last second did he calculate that it’s better for his career
I shared enough of these concerns that I voted against Roberts on the floor this morning. But short of mounting an all-out filibuster — a quixotic fight I would not have supported; a fight I believe Democrats would have lost both in the Senate and in the court of public opinion;
In the featured entry, B0 waxes rhetorical about compromising and the relativity of principles. Here’s a small sample
A pro-choice Democrat doesn’t become anti-choice because he or she isn’t absolutely convinced that a twelve-year-old girl should be able to get an operation without a parent being notified. A pro-civil rights Democrat doesn’t become complicit in an anti-civil rights agenda because he or she questions the efficacy of certain affirmative action programs.
It was all there. Gays and women, you have been warned way ahead of the game. B0bots too:
Let me be clear: I am not arguing that the Democrats should trim their sails and be more “centrist.” In fact, I think the whole “centrist” versus “liberal” labels that continue to characterize the debate within the Democratic Party misses the mark.
Yeah, we know now. The real mark: retards vs Republicans.
To be sure this is a masterpiece of ambivalence: democrats should be “bold” but also “flexible”, he draws no moral equivalence between the right wingers and progressives, but how can we ask the “R”s not to be beholden to theirs when “D”s are to their retards
But to the degree that we brook no dissent within the Democratic Party, and demand fealty to the one, “true” progressive vision for the country, we risk the very thoughtfulness and openness to new ideas that are required to move this country forward.
Note that when saying that, Obama uses “We” as he was one of the progressives.
Mind you this diary from 2005 contains exactly 2 entries but then B0 was never accused of having too much staying power. The money did the rest.
Anyway, the theme of this is “tone” (read “be nice”) and I’ll close with the paragraph that sounds the funniest today – as I am sure it did in 2008
A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.
and for reality check, here’s WaPo on his comedy routine
Except for a mild joke pegged to his falling approval ratings, Obama mostly spared Obama during his 14-minute stand-up routine. Palin, he said, calls Twitter and Facebook “the socialized media.” He dubbed Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican Party, “the Notorious G.O.P.” The newly enacted health-care law, the president joked, has “hundreds” of secret provisions, such as one covering people in Massachusetts who’ve suffered “short-term memory loss” about the state’s own efforts to reform health care. “So good news, Mitt!” Obama said of Republican critic and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “Your condition is covered!”
So, I guess, “nice” is for the retards and the rest of the commoners
Oh, and I spare you the reading of the comments at the Orange Cheeto: it’s when B0bots were born! Universal adulation. In case you wonder who are the people OK with 2 wars, Heritage Foundation HCR, NCLB, coastal drilling, conscience rules and Social Security privatization.