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If You're Still an Obama Fan...

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You might be an Obama fan because you regard him as at least better than Bush.

You might be an Obama fan because you believe that in his heart of hearts he wants to do the right thing.

You might be an Obama fan because you think that a black president is a major step forward for this country.

You might be an Obama fan because you think that the GOP and the Tea Partiers are a major threat to the nation and the world and that their enmity for Obama and their desires to get rid of him makes it necessary for you to stand by him and the Democrats, suppressing or muffling any criticisms you may have to him and/or the Democrats.

You might not be an Obama fan, but are unsure of what else there is to be.

To all of you, I have one thought experiment to offer you:

Let us assume, for the sake of argument here, that everything that Obama does while he is president is the right thing with but one exception. I am going, in other words, to give him the benefit of the doubt for the sake of this argument, and assume that he does the absolute limit of the right thing possible and that the GOP caves before his initiatives without a fight on everything, except one thing.

What is that one thing? It is Obama's refusal to prosecute or in any way hold accountable the Bush regime for its explicit and egregious crimes of torture and indefinite detention.

No matter what great deeds Obama does while president, and let us assume that he, among other things, SOLVES global warming, ENDS racial discrimination, ENDS wars, PROVIDES UNIVERSAL free health care, CURES cancer, and ENDS poverty. Let's assume, in other words, that he does things that are impossible over the course of one or two presidential terms.

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