It both saddens and infuriates me when I read Obama’s erstwhile supporters losing their cool and lacing into the President for not confronting the intractable GOP with like obstinacy. Why do I and a few others continue to believe in him? Andrew Sullivan explains himself:
If you ask why I remain such a strong Obama supporter, it is because I see him as that rare individual able to withstand the zeal without becoming a zealot in response, and to overcome the recklessness of pure religious ideology with pragmatism, civility and reason. That’s why they fear and loathe him. Not because his policies are not theirs’. But because his temperament is their nemesis. If he defeats them, they will break, because their beliefs are so brittle. If they defeat him, I fear we will no longer be participating in a civil conversation, however fraught, but in a civil war.
I’ll have more to say about this— what Obama’s up against— in a later post.