I Figured it Out: Why Conservatives Don't Like Obama (and Why Liberals Do)


It took me quite a while to figure this one out, but my opinion was solidified when I read that Chief Poet to the Obama Administration Garrison Keillor thinks that Conservatives are crying in envy and through sour grapes over the Anointed One’s election. Maybe, but the real reason we’re unhappy with him is not because of who he isn’t—i.e., he’s not John McCain—but because of who he is, a liberal through and through whose supposed values run contrary to their own beliefs.

Liberals, on the other hand, seem to think they like Obama because of who he is, but really elected him because of who he isn’t—namely, George W. Bush. Consider his campaign slogans, “Hope” and “Change,” and you’ll see that fully half of his slogan is devoted to who he isn’t. The other half is very difficult to implement with policy, as our country is discovering the hard way.

Strangely, I find myself in agreement with the majority of Keillor’s piece. In it, he essentially tells Conservatives to get off Rush’s crazy-wagon and get our house in order. That’s so that when 2012 arrives, we’ve got someone who supports our values and will win because of who he or she is… and not because of who he or she isn’t.

And that will be better for the country as a whole, no matter your political leanings.

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