You know, I'm getting tired of being called "cynical"
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"[OBAMA] They know in their gut that we can do better than we're doing," he said. But "they are afraid, they've been taught to be cynical. They're doubtful it can be done. I'm here to say tonight to all those who harbor those doubts: We need you. We need you to help us through."
I don't especially like being called "cynical." Nor do I especially like being called passive ("been taught").* And I don't like my choice for the Democratic nominee being characterized as the result of passive cynicism.
And I really don't like the idea that the "us" is Obama supporters, rather than (say) all Democrats or the American people. It's one thing for the OFB to do that, or vociferous foul-mouthed bloggers like me. It's quite another thing for the candidate to do it. Eh?
It's not "cynical" to point out that Obama butchered his health care plan, and demogogued the issue by imitating the Harry * Louise ad that put the boot into universal health care the first time.
For me, it's about policy differences; it's about Obama's combination of arena-style oratory and right wing talking points; and it's risks I don't want to take.
Why is that so hard to understand?
NOTE * If I am cynical--as opposed to, say, realistic--it's the product of long study of our political economy as presently constituted. I haven't "been taught."
NOTE If I had the heart, I'd go back to the threads on what used to be Daily Kos and excavate examples of the "cynicism" talking point by the bushel, but life's too short and I have things to do.