What To Ask Of Our Candidates

Kos writes about Lawrence Lessig's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama and I think both Kos' reaction and Lessig's endorsement are troubling in that they ask next to nothing of Obama while being too willing to embrace the false Media narrative regarding Hillary Clinton. Lessig writes:

But the part that gets me the most about Senator Clinton is the eager embrace of spinelessness. I don't get this in Democrats generally. I never have, but I especially don't get it after two defeats to the likes of George Bush (ok, one defeat, but let's put that aside for the moment). Our party seems constitutionally wedded to the idea that you wage a campaign with tiny speech. Say as little as possible. Be as uncontroversial as you can. Embrace the chameleon as the mascot.

Kos reacts:

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the problem with Hillary.

Assume that is true. Is anyone pretending it does not describe Barack Obama? To endorse an endorsement of Obama that, in its core argument, is an attack on failings that Obama possesses is ludicrous.

If people want more from Hillary's challengers, and by extension, more from Hillary, they simply can not let the Hillary challengers off the hook. Here both Lessig (who as a longtime friend of Obama's is not someone I am really looking to for an objective view of the candidates) and Kos (whom I expect better from), give Obama a free ride. We get the candidates we settle for. Here Kos and Lessig have settled for an Obama who has demonstrated the very flaws they condemn. It makes no sense.

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    I don't think (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 02:57:18 PM EST
    that anyone here "hates" Obama. In fact, we will all support him if he is the candidate.

    He is not my favorite, I prefer Hillary or Edwards, but this is not a hate site. It's a blog, where we write about our opinions, without name-calling and personal hate attacks.

    If you don't like the opinions here, you are free to read other blogs that are more to your liking or to have your own.

    I respect your admiration for Obama. If he is the candidate, I will do my blog part to ensure he wins.  Until then, neither I nor Big Tent are going to be silent as to our individual observations, which, by the way, sometimes are similar and sometimes are not.

    If I had to vote today (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 03:33:18 PM EST
    I'd vote for Obama.

    But I want more from him, and more from Hillary and more from Edwards.

    I am disappointed in the race right now frankly.


    What more do you want from Edwards (none / 0) (#8)
    by pioneer111 on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 11:05:47 PM EST
    I think he is showing enormous courage.  He is naming the fact that it is corruption that is driving the agenda in DC.  

    He led the We the People and Support the Troops and End the War campaigns which put pressure on Obama and Clinton.

    He had led in setting the Democratic agenda throughout the primary.

    What do you think he could do that would be more effective?

    If Obama had spoken out half as much as Edwards but did it in the senate I would have been really imppressed.


    "If I had to vote today (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 11:15:02 PM EST
    I'd vote for Obama."

    Remind us why.  Is it because Obama says he'll push to undo the embargo of Cuba by the U.S.?  Is it because of driver's license eligibility for undocumented persons?  Can't be him leading on getting out of Iraq now.  I'm confused.


    I think this comment epitomizes my point (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 03:32:19 PM EST
    "Barack Obama believes is something and is doing something about it.  He may or may not accomplish it, but he is out there."

    Obama believes "something" and is doing "something" about it.

    To some, it appears, that is good enough.

    Not for me. Sorry if that offends people.

    Oh dear lord. (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Geekesque on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 04:20:45 PM EST
    If you want an unbiased site, unplug your computer and go walk your dog.

    Totally agree. (none / 0) (#3)
    by masslib on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 03:24:29 PM EST

    Not very smart bright people (none / 0) (#7)
    by koshembos on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 09:42:13 PM EST
    St. Obama has become the last sanctuary of the best and brightest. Hillary runs a uninspiring and middle of the dirt road campaign, one that makes any lefty cringe. "I am Oprah" is not less cringeable or more inspiring.

    It sad to see Kos and Lessig so disgusted with Hillary that they chose a smoke and mirrors.

    I say to myself, self, who the heck is (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 11:10:26 PM EST
    Lessig and why should I care what he thinks?  Well, his credentials are pretty impressive, with one interesting feature:  clerked for Scalia.