This article presents the most simplistic, artless talking points since McCain's ad compared Obama to Paris Hilton ["Who Really Won, Obama or McCain?" usnews.com]. Anyone who didn't know that Obama is a pragmatist wasn't paying attention. He'll do what he has to do to shore up the economy, get healthcare for Americans, end the war in Iraq, and generally get our country back on track. McCain was another Bush. And the earmarks? They were in the budget from when Bush was president. Signing statements? He taught constitutional law and will only use them when it's necessary. Bush used them to empower the executive branch and emasculate the legislative branch.
Comment by Laraine of WA
Obama will never be the man McCain is. McCain was honest enough to say what he would really do. Obama was and is full of empty, unrealistic promises. McCain has dedicated his life to serving his country, and has often taken principled stands on issues even when it was politically disadvantageous for him to do so. Obama has no stomach for the hard work; he just wants to make speeches and be surrounded by admirers. He makes a good cult leader but a lousy president.
Comment by Lauren F. of MI
Thinking people are constantly analyzing and correcting their course. This is not flip flopping or partisan politics. It is using your senses and intellect to modify plans in order to accomplish a goal. Sometimes even the goals can change after rethinking a situation. We are too hung up on political dogma. Always looking to place blame, rather than focusing on ultimate objectives. Also, as in any new position there is a learning curve. Why can't the American people use their intellect rather than taking positions without really thinking them through? Why does everything have to have a label? Polarization is destroying our country. Not Republicans or Democrats, but our inability to get behind a leader and support, hope, and pray for success. Shame on us for our political intolerance. Shame on us for watching newscasts that are meant to provide excitement through confrontation.
Comment by Adam Lezak of AZ
Who won? Definitely not the American people. It's business as usual for our politicians. President Obama is finding out that real change means having the guts to stick to your principles. Also not to waver based on what the current focus group or polls say about you. Stating that you are considering doing something is not the same as actually doing it! Fortunately for the politicians, most Americans are apathetic to politics, choosing not to get involved. Hopefully when we start holding these people accountable, we the people can force the "real" change in Washington.
Comment by Verne of FL