OK. I just wrote the congratulatory article below a month ago and today Obama disagrees with the Supreme Court decision striking down the death penalty in cases not involving murder. A few days ago he decided to decline public financing. I just saw a CNN interview with Senator Feingold in which I learned that Obama is going to support the current FISA legislation that gives retroactive immunity to the telecom companies which Feingold vehemently opposes.
I am starting to get worried about this and it is only 1 month. You are going to lose the "base" and make the election closer than it should be. How can a true liberal be for the death penalty especially in cases not involving murder? How can a true liberal vote for corporate immunity for violations of privacy? I understand his position on public financing in these narrow circumstances, but the cumulative effect is devastating and he will start to lose support. You will start to see this in the next series of polls.
Furthermore, Obama starts to stutter and stammer with issues and presentations in which he does not truly believe. I saw that clearly today in the press conference he had in Chicago. You guys need to get out of your bubble and look to those of us who are on your side in the real liberal media. Help!!! And don't tell me that this is good general election strategy. You cannot beat Republicans by playing in their "briar patch."
If you are thinking about 1988 and Dukakis you do not need to think about the Kity being raped and murdered question posed by Bernard Shaw. Furthermore, the incumbent President at the time was Reagan, not Bush. Reagan had a 50+ % approval rating and Bush is down to 28%. There is no need for this.
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May 21, 2008
My Letter To Obama
May 21, 2008
Dear Senator Obama:
Congratulations on your spectacular victory in the primary battle against one of the most powerful political machines, the Clintons. Your campaign reflects the attitude of most Americans about true change in American government and politics. It is very likely that you will be our next President if you remain true to your principals which is the very reason that you got the nomination.
Now that you are moving into the next phase of your campaign, I strongly advise you to use the same strategy in the national election. There is no reason for you to move to any arbitrary perception of the so-called "center." It is a myth created by the media along with the help of the Republican Party. The only responsibility you have in this campaign is to speak the truth as you see it as passionately as you have in the past. If you compromise those principals and say things that you do not really support, you will lose the grass roots supports that you desperately need to win in November. I believe that sincerity will circumvent any political attacks that you may get.
Truth is an absolute defense to anything that you do in life. It is very difficult to advance a cause that one does not have unconditional belief. That has been the problem with the other failed Presidential candidates. If history has taught us anything about Presidential politics it is that the move to the so-called "center" is a prescription for failure no matter who is the messenger.
When you become the President-elect, I strongly advise you to look beyond your campaign advisors, elected officials, and old guard Democrats as potential cabinet appointments. Running the government is serious business and appointments other than ambassadors should be awarded to the most capable people including fresh young faces. Modern Presidents do not have all the requisite skills to oversee all aspects of government. As we have painfully experienced in the last 7+ years, political appointments of cronies is a ticket to disaster. The 9/11 attack was completely avoidable if the August 2001 PDB was communicated properly to the President by Condoleza Rice, Bush's NSA. Had they warned the airlines and our air defense group of the Bin Ladin threat, these attacks would have been intercepted in advance. The Katrina disaster is another example of a disaster that could have been avoided with competent cabinet appointments.
I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming campaign and will be available at your pleasure for any help or advice.
Very truly yours,
Air America Radio
Authors Website: novamradio.com
Authors Bio: Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Nova M radio and Air America Radio. He has supported many philanthropic causes and is currently involved in purchasing radio stations for liberal talk radio with his new company, Nova M Radio, Inc. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less than 200 non-attorneys have been admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court since its inception in 1942. Mr. Drobny received a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary fraternity recognizing acadamic achievement in colleges of business administration.
Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Nova M radio and Air America Radio. He has supported many philanthropic causes. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less (more...)