criticized President Obama for not fighting harder for liberal causes. That, however, doesn't mean that I at all agree with some attendees of the progressive Netroots Nation conference who say that they won't support or vote for the president in November:
...Many liberals meeting Thursday at Netroots Nation — it describes the annual convention as “a giant family reunion for the left” — argue instead that Obama hasn’t fought hard enough for progressive priorities on taxes, health care and the economy.
Even more problematic for the president: With the election just five months away, some are threatening not to donate money or time or even vote in November for the man who overwhelmingly ignited their passions and captured their imaginations four years ago.
I'm reminded of the rationale for voting for Nader instead of Gore in 2000: both parties are corrupt, there's not much difference between the candidates. Every liberal who voted for Nader instead of Gore–or didn't vote at all–helped Bush. We ended up with the Iraq, torture, Katrina and tax cuts for billionaires.
Now we face another choice in November. Think there's no difference between the candidates? Think again. One will appoint another Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, one will appoint another Scalia. One will protect a woman's right to choose, one will not. One supports Planned Parenthood, one would get rid of it. One signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, one waffles on it. One wants more stimulus and hiring of public sector workers, one wants to keep them unemployed. One wants Wall Street regulations, one doesn't. One wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, one doesn't. One supports gay marriage, one opposes it. One set a date for withdrawal from Afghanistan, one criticized it. Need I go on? All of us know which candidate I refer to in each example.
There are real issues and differences in the November election. We must focus on these realities, not ideological perfection. Either Obama or Romney will be president next year. Liberals who don't support or vote for Obama benefit Romney. That's a chance we cannot take. I will support and vote for President Obama. I hope you will too.