PORTLAND, Ore. — In the breathless weeks before the Oregon presidential primary in May, Martha Shade did what thousands of other people here did: she registered as a Democrat so she could vote for Senator Barack Obama.
Now, however, after critics have accused Mr. Obama of shifting positions on issues like the war in Iraq, the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants, gun control and the death penalty — all in what some view as a shameless play to a general election audience — Ms. Shade said she planned to switch back to the Green Party.
“I’m disgusted with him,” said Ms. Shade, an artist. “I can’t even listen to him anymore. He had such an opportunity, but all this ‘audacity of hope’ stuff, it’s blah, blah, blah. For all the independents he’s going to gain, he’s going to lose a lot of progressives.”
... Ms. Shade, the Green-turned-Democrat-returned-Green voter, spoke about Mr. Obama while leaning out her second-floor apartment window, where she has placed homemade signs urging the impeachment of President Bush. Others say “Free Gaza” and “Occupation is Terrorism.” She said twice that the American political system was “rotten.”
“You realize,” Ms. Shade said, her voice fading with resignation, “that you’re talking to somebody who’s pretty far out of the mainstream.”
- OBAMA IS OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM -
- AND AS HE TRIES HARDER AND HARDER TO APPEAR TO BE WHAT HE ISN'T, HE WILL LOSE HIS BASE.
- AND WITHOUT CONVINCING ANYONE IN THE MIDDLE.
- WELL.. HE WILL CONVINCE A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE OF ONE THING:
- HE'S A PHONY UNFIT FOR HIGH OFFICE.
- BTW: THIS EXPLAINS OBAMA'S DROP IN THE POLLS. AND WHY HE WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER.
- IT WON'T COME AS A RESULT OF US TELLING CENTRISTS/INDEPENDENTS OBAMA IS A LEFTIST.
- IT WILL BE A RESULT OF HIS BASE DISCOVERING HE'S A PHONY, A LIAR, AND A CORRUPT POLITICIAN.