One of the staunchest bill backers out there seems to be getting fed up with President Obama. After summing up President Obama’s statement today on the future of health care reform as, “Run away, run away!”, Krugman finishes with this:
Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.
Welcome to my side Paul. It has been obvious for months that President Obama wasn’t so much worried about real health care reform, as he was saying “hey I got a bill passed”. He has flat out lied about his campaign promises and given the cold shoulder to the millions who worked to bring him into office. In short, President Obama proved that he isn’t about change, but more so about business as usual. That is something we have sadly come to expect from our leaders.
Does this mean I won’t vote for Obama in 2012? No. What it does mean is that if we have a primary challenger who I like better I will support them over Obama, but if Obama gets the nominee (as he most likely would) then I will support him. Regardless of how much Obama lets us down now, one thing is for certain – he will be better than any Republican alternative. Now we just need to find a great progressive candidate to run in 2016.