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Hayden: "Time to strip the Obama sticker off my car"
Salon.com ^ | 12/2/2009 | Alex Koppleman

Posted on 12/02/2009 5:01:15 PM PST by Signalman

Tom Hayden, the liberal activist best known for his work in the 60's, when he helped found Students for a Democratic Society, was once pretty enthusiastic about Barack Obama. Back in March of 2008 he had the first byline on an article in the Nation -- also attributed to Bill Fletcher Jr., Danny Glover and Barbara Ehrenreich -- that began, "All American progressives should unite for Barack Obama."

Now, though, after the president announced his decision to send an additional 30,00 troops to fight in Afghanistan, Hayden's had enough. His latest piece for the Nation begins with a very different sentiment than the one he expressed not two years ago. Now, Hayden says, "It's time to strip the Obama sticker off my car."

He goes on to write:

Obama's escalation in Afghanistan is the last in a string of disappointments. His flip-flopping acceptance of the military coup in Honduras has squandered the trust of Latin America. His Wall Street bailout leaves the poor, the unemployed, minorities and college students on their own. And now comes the Afghanistan-Pakistan decision to escalate the stalemate, which risks his domestic agenda, his Democratic base, and possibly even his presidency.

The expediency of his decision was transparent. Satisfy the generals by sending 30,000 more troops. Satisfy the public and peace movement with a timeline for beginning withdrawals of those same troops, with no timeline for completing a withdrawal.

Obama's timeline for the proposed Afghan military surge mirrors exactly the eighteen-month Petraeus timeline for the surge in Iraq.

We'll see. To be clear: I'll support Obama down the road against Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs or any of the pitchfork carriers for the pre-Obama era. But no bumper sticker until the withdrawal strategy is fully carried out.

It's one thing for liberals who've supported Obama to disagree with and criticize him over Afghanistan, for them to have been hoping he'd opt for a different direction. But arguments like the one Hayden's making -- and the one Michael Moore made in his recent open letter to the president -- just end up with those advancing them look foolish. It's like they dreamed up a list of policy positions for Obama, then convinced themselves that they actually were his positions.

Agree or disagree with Obama's decision, one thing is clear: The course he chose is not, as both Hayden and Moore have implied, some radical shift in his thinking. It's certainly not, as they've also implied, a betrayal of his campaign. Maybe they bought in to the argument from the right that Obama is a super-liberal, but it's just not so -- what he's done now is completely consistent with the position he's always taken on Afghanistan. He's always portrayed it as the good war, one of necessity as compared to a misguided war of choice in Iraq. While President Bush was in office, many liberals took the same position.


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1 posted on 12/02/2009 5:01:17 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

And Buyers Remorse continues.....


2 posted on 12/02/2009 5:02:29 PM PST by cranked
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To: Bobkk47

too bad you can’t take back your vote, dip*hit.


3 posted on 12/02/2009 5:05:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: Bobkk47

I thought all the Obama stickers got trashed with the Cash For Clunkers deal? WTH?


4 posted on 12/02/2009 5:05:19 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Still plenty here. *sigh*


5 posted on 12/02/2009 5:10:59 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 315 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Bobkk47

Snicker, snicker. Hehehehehe.


6 posted on 12/02/2009 5:11:57 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: cranked
And Buyers Remorse continues.....

I'm starting to think its a bunch of assholes who will NEVER be happy, no matter what!

7 posted on 12/02/2009 5:12:24 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: Bobkk47
We'll see. To be clear: I'll support Obama down the road against Sarah Palin, “

Him and a fast dwindling minority.

8 posted on 12/02/2009 5:12:37 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Bobkk47

Bwah!

By the way, Tom, your ex likes it long and hard. Just ask the Vietnamese Army.


9 posted on 12/02/2009 5:13:35 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Bobkk47

Libs have no idea how stupid they look with Obama Biden 08 stickers I hope they keep them on.


11 posted on 12/02/2009 5:18:26 PM PST by omega4179 (0 is an embarrassment to us all.)
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To: Bobkk47

Poor Tom. Stalin is dead and Castro soon will be. Where have all the leaders gone?


12 posted on 12/02/2009 5:21:40 PM PST by JPG (Climategate coming soon to the SRM.)
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To: F15Eagle
I always refer to the CIC as that baby-murdering empty suit
13 posted on 12/02/2009 5:21:52 PM PST by Calpublican
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14 posted on 12/02/2009 5:22:48 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: Bobkk47
The Democrats in Pittsburgh have been removing their Obama bumper stickers for months now. Out in the suburbs, it is rare to see an Obama bumper sticker. I bet there are still plenty of Obama stickers in the liberal areas along the East and West coasts. For now in Western Pennsylvania, there is a great deal of buyers remorse.
15 posted on 12/02/2009 5:23:09 PM PST by Plumres
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To: Bobkk47
Tom Hayden, the liberal activist best known for his work in the 60's, when he helped found Students for a Democratic Society...

How come he is still alive!?

16 posted on 12/02/2009 5:23:16 PM PST by higgmeister ( From the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Bobkk47
BOO HOO, POTUS MUZZIE HUSSEIN is not communist enough for the Stalinist Hayden.

Don't worry Tom you red POS, give him time and another SCOTUS Justice and you and your comrades will be doing just fine.

17 posted on 12/02/2009 5:25:12 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: omega4179

Here in Minnestoopid people still have Wellstone stickers. They also believe that GWB ordered an F-16 to shoot down his plane.


18 posted on 12/02/2009 5:26:18 PM PST by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: Bobkk47

Hayden is still an idiot. He wants the US weak and demoralized so he can be a Savior and remake society in his image. The leopard don’t change its spots.


19 posted on 12/02/2009 5:29:31 PM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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