Skip to comments.Insight: In 2012, some "Obamacons" turn back to Republicans
Posted on 11/02/2011 9:40:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In contrast to 2008, Democratic President Barack Obama cannot count on a wave of support for his re-election bid next year from well-known moderate Republicans.
Unhappy with Obama's handling of the economy, conservative backers from three years ago are either sitting on the fence or have thrown their lot in with Republican presidential hopefuls like Mitt Romney.
Known as "Obamacons," moderate Republicans helped make the Democrat's case in 2008 that he was a new breed of "post-partisan" politician who would work with both parties. Obama's youth and the narrative of electing the first black president also attracted Republicans to make a rare show of support for a Democratic candidate.
"They were actually drawn to the sense of hope that he represented. They also liked the fact that he was black," said David Gergen, who has served as an advisor to Republican and Democratic presidents.
Perhaps the most famous Obamacon was former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose endorsement of Obama shortly before Election Day was a turning point in the 2008 campaign. Powell's staff says he has not decided who to support in 2012.
But others say their 2008 support for Obama was a one-off.
After years of bipartisan gridlock in Congress, high unemployment and a gaping budget deficit, Obama has lost some of his luster....
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“Obamacons”? Good name for the worthless traitors, but it should be Obamapubs. No real conservative voted for Obama.
Gee, ya think???
If they are over 40...they are idiots....under 40....I’ll cut them some slack.
Well, I guess they learned all about that post-partisan crap and how well it works didn’t they.
WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS.
Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Lincoln Chafee, Arne Carlson, Charles Fried, Ken Durbenstein, Ken Adelman, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, Mickey Edwards, Wayne Gilchrist, Larry Pressler, Jim Leach, Jim Whitaker, Matthew Dowd, Scott McClellan, Paul O'Neill, and a double f off to Doug Kmiec.
Who else am I missing. They can suck it. Those rooster suckers helped destroy us. If they were as smart as I am, and they aren't, they would have known better.
Say what? Principles transcend age.
I don’t want those Obamacons or Obamabots or Obamaturds..
because of their stupidity, we are in this mess. F em and may they burn in hell. Wished I could throw acid in their faces for good measure.
I’m under 40. I won’t cut them any slack.
Since when in the hell did Colin Powell and all those other backbenchers ever get considered Conservative? Not a single person listed is even a RINO. Just because you worked for Reagan in some irrelevant position doesn’t mean you are anything more than a government bureaucrat. There aren’t even Independents supporting this loser in the WH anymore, moderate Repubs, RINO’s and any other non Rats are sure not either.
If they are over 40...they are idiots....under 40....Ill cut them some slack
Hopefully, they didn’t just get older
LOL. The Republican House of Representatives was sworn in on January 3, 2011. For people like Reuters reporters who are unfamiliar with the Gregorian Calendar, that's less than a year that Republicans have been in control of one branch of Congress.
Never listened to any of these people.
Well known moderate republicans? Reminds me of Andrew Dice Clay. You either .............. or you don’t.
Three years in and this dumb ass still can't see the devastation he helped usher in.
Powell needs to just shut up.
YEAH! Also...WHY does Powell have a “staff?”
You’re one of the SMART ones!
YES, but the brainwashing sometimes transcends principles....until REALITY hits.