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Republicans Defecting to Obama

From The Sunday Times May 6, 2007
Republicans defect to the Obama camp

Sarah Baxter, Washington

DISILLUSIONED supporters of President George W Bush are defecting to Barack
Obama, the Democratic senator for Illinois, as the White House candidate with the best chance of uniting a divided nation.

Who’s More Liberal: Obama or the Republican Front-Runner?

Giuliani has the support of about 30% of our party. If the primaries were held right now, he’d get the nomination.

Here’s what our party’s front-runner had to say yesterday about the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision:

''It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent.''

Dean's Kids +

If some of the early straw polls on college campuses are to be listened to, Obama is the hands-down favorite among the 18-22 crowd. 

There was a point back in ’03 when Howard Dean appeared to have sealed up the Democratic nomination.  Before his Iowa meltdown, he had more money than everyone else, and also had every motivated, anti-war college kid on his side.  Obama has these advantages, without the temperament to cause him to yell at Iowan farmers a few weeks before the caucuses. 

Religious Republicans

Religious Republicans (and others, too) will be interested in the profile of Obama in the New York Times. The article discusses his religious upbringing and his adult conversion to Christianity.

Welcome to the Buckeye State

Why am I here you might ask?  Why would a registered republican be offering support for Barack Obama a democrat for President of the United States in the upcoming 2008 Election?  That is a complicated question with an easy answer; it is simply time for a change.  Let me be perfectly clear I am not changing; it is the party that I love that is changing.

Obama and the military

If you missed it, Obama laid out his platform on foreign policy on Monday.

To summarize, here are his five points, excerpted from his remarks:

"The first way America will lead is by bringing a responsible end to this war in Iraq and refocusing on the critical challenges in the broader region...

The New York April Meetup report

Not even the April showers could keep the New York Republicans Meetup from happening.  Thanks to everyone that made it out, especially Jeff from Obama NYC.  For those of you who weren't able to make it, we discussed possibly going to the upcoming Obamathon as a group so people could see R.F.O. in full force. 

More info on this event later, but here's the flyer.  Let us know if you have any questions/suggestions.



Honesty is attractive

I was at an Obama supporter meeting last week in Olympia.  A lifetime republican who is a veteran of the Iraq war, stood up at one point and spoke of his attraction to Obama.  This young man told of how he had been given the book Audacity of Hope by another lifetime republican friend of the family.  He expressed that Obama seemed clearly sincere and honest.

It Doesn't Have to be a Foreign Policy

Yesterday Senator Obama laid out some foreign policy goals for his administration—expand and modernize the military, rebuild fractured alliances, end the war in Iraq. Thankfully, the Senator also discussed foreign aid.

Obama, social issues, and Republicans

It's been a high-profile week for social issues. Current events have brought both gun control and abortion to the forefront of political discourse.

It is these hot-button issues that I anticipate being the greatest obstacle for Obama as he tries to pull registered Republicans into the fold. Many red-state Republicans are one-issue voters and will not be able to look past the fact that the Senator is pro-choice and pro-gun-control.

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