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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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hayden; salon

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
To be clear: I'll support Obama down the road

So the author is still a liberal goon. Supporting this empty-suit community organizer.
10 posted on 12/02/2009 5:17:03 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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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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To: Bobkk47


14 posted on 12/02/2009 5:22:48 PM PST by Bushbacker1 ( 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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To: Calpublican





20 posted on 12/02/2009 5:30:54 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Bobkk47

Tom Hayden finally reveals himself to be a racist. Cut through the rhetoric and that’s obviously the real reason he’s turning on Obama.


21 posted on 12/02/2009 5:33:37 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: F15Eagle

Holy $&*! Those are the most hard hitting and powerful political cartoons I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing them....I am appalled and entertained at the same time.


22 posted on 12/02/2009 5:34:42 PM PST by JerseyDvl (Dedicated Palinista who is suffering from an extreme case of Baracknaphobia. Severe reaction to BS!)
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To: omega4179; cardinal4

I was stopped at a red light this afternoon behind a Saab with an Obama/Biden sticker on the port side of the bumper and a Hillary! sticker on the starboard. I threw up a little in my mouth.


23 posted on 12/02/2009 5:38:42 PM PST by Ax (Carpe Vinum.)
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To: Bobkk47
“Obama era”??????

4 years is an era?

24 posted on 12/02/2009 5:38:44 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: Bobkk47

He owns a car? That’s not very proletarian. Maybe it’s a Trabant or a Warburg.


25 posted on 12/02/2009 5:42:08 PM PST by Gapplega (j)
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To: Bobkk47
Tom Hayden?

Isn't that Mr. Jane Fonda?

26 posted on 12/02/2009 5:42:27 PM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
"Tom Hayden finally reveals himself to be a racist. Cut through the rhetoric and that’s obviously the real reason he’s turning on Obama." Sounds like hate speech to me.
27 posted on 12/02/2009 6:09:41 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Michael Barnes
Exactly! Liberals are never happy even when they get their way. I believe they live to be p!ssed about anything and everything so mostly they should just be ignored and NEVER voted for!
28 posted on 12/02/2009 6:13:33 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Bobkk47
There's one thing that upsets me about this: is it impossible for anyone with principles to get elected to high office?

It would probably be better for all of us if Barack was as much a leftist as Freepers believed. Then he would be trying to pass a bunch of very leftist legislation and getting pounded thoroughly.

Instead it turns out he is not an ideologue, but a typical opportunist like Bush and all the Republican RINOs that shift with the winds of public opinion.

Instead of getting nothing of a leftist agenda through, he will get some of a watered down left leaning agenda through. The pot of water will be heated a bit more, and the frog will continue to sit there waiting to be slowly boiled.

I fear that if we ever got a true rightwinger into office, he or she would end up doing the same dance toward the middle that Bush and now Obama are doing.

If by some miracle Palin gets elected in 2012 I fear she will surround herself with the same set of characters that helped Bush get into trouble.

29 posted on 12/02/2009 6:15:55 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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To: omega4179

We now start pointing and laughing as we go by one. It makes them look really surprised and confused.


30 posted on 12/02/2009 6:17:49 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Bobkk47

It looks like Zero’s three months of pretending to by considering the fate of Afghanistan didn’t pacify his anti-war base.


31 posted on 12/02/2009 6:24:29 PM PST by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
You must be joking.

Which other president has nationalized entire industries; committed to TRILLIONS in unfunded mandates, pushing for more; seeks to nationalize health care; is having the US withdraw from being able to count Russian ICBMs as they are produced (for verification); is pushing the AGW lie; is rabidly, fanatically pro-abortion; and has had members of his administration refer to Tea Party attendees as "terrorists"; and speaking of terrorists, has treated the war on terror as a matter for civilian courts only?

As for Sarah, buy and read her book. She will NOT surround herself with RINOs.

Cheers!

32 posted on 12/02/2009 11:52:52 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers
"Which other president has nationalized entire industries; committed to TRILLIONS in unfunded mandates, pushing for more; seeks to nationalize health care"

Is this a reference to Bush?

I thought we were talking about Obama.

33 posted on 12/03/2009 1:11:02 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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To: JerseyDvl

Be sure and email them around to your family and friends so they can see them too. Along with this YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNzmly28Bmg


34 posted on 12/03/2009 1:18:24 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
This is about Obama. Bush has not nationalized entire industries; the deficits under his watch were on the order of $300 billion - $400 billion a year: not TRILLIONS per year.; and he didn't try to nationalize health care. Medicare Part D only took over one subsector of prescription drugs.

Cheers!

35 posted on 12/03/2009 3:06:01 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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