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But don't forget you were also pleasantly surprised by Obama.

Funny, I vividly recall being bitterly disappointed in him by the summer of '09 when it became clear he was going to do virtually nothing about cleaning up the financial sector. Then about him so resolutely tamping down any possibility of a single payer form of Medicare reform and sticking us with a giant gift to the medical insurance industry and big pharma. And I was disappointed that, after the campaign, he simply turned his campaign machine off rather than having a continuing campaign to help enact his agenda as he had implied he would do. Those things, IMO, contributed to the Democrat's loss of the House in 2010 and I always have thought he preferred it that way.

I had given him the benefit of the doubt until then although I only supported him after he won the nomination. I didn't trust his vague rhetoric, with good reason, as it turned out. And I voted for him again in 2012. He was far preferable to Romney - a low bar.

But I did and do still like the way he has handled foreign policy, his major strength as president, IMO. And I cannot help but like the man in so many ways. He is such a relief after the odious GWB.

I have said that I would be happy to be pleasantly surprised by Hillary, even though I doubt it on all of the things I feel are most important. Thus she has a lot of room to surprise me.

I would note in closing that Robert Reich, always a voice of sanity, in his recent FB post on what Sanders Supporters should do now even endorsed the formation of a third party after 2016 as a way to force change on the Democrats for the sake of the nation and world:

3. Never, ever give up fighting against the increasing concentration of wealth and power at the top, which is undermining our democracy and distorting our economy. That means, if Hillary Clinton is elected, I urge you to turn Bernie's campaign into a movement - even a third party - to influence elections at the state level in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. No movement to change the allocation of power succeeds easily or quickly. We are in this for the long haul.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 21st, 2016 at 12:41:19 AM EST
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