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Opening Arguments

Second thoughts

NPR travels to Anderson to find out whether Hoosiers, who went Democratic for the first time in decades and helped put Barack Obama in the White House, have any buyer's remorse:

George W. Bush won this county in both 2000 and 2004. But in 2008, like the state as a whole, it flipped and went Democratic, driven by economic worries and by the intense enthusiasm of Obama supporters.

Today, that enthusiasm has diminished. A new Indiana poll puts Obama's approval rating at 44 percent; 53 percent disapprove.

Glad they're coming to their senses, but it would have been nice if they'd thought things through a little more carefully in the fir


Thu, 01/21/2010 - 7:19pm

You're making the unfounded assumption that Obama voters who are now disappointed in him wish they had voted for McCain.
I voted for Obama; I'm disappointed in him.
But McCain ran as a hawk and he selected (or allowed others to select) a running mate manifestly unqualified to be president.
If I had it all to do over again, I would still vote for Obama as the lesser of two evils. I suspect many voters share my view.
My disappointment in Obama is that he isn't liberal enough, not that he's too liberal. He broke all his promises except two: He ended the ban on federal funding for stem cell research, and he escalated in Afghanistan, both of which he said he would do.
But we're still in Iraq, we still discriminate against gays in the military, Gitmo is still operating, and the White House has not renounced any of the extra-constitutional powers it claimed for itself under the Bush Administration.
I think Obama has wasted too much time on an obviously doomed effort to introduce a national health care system. He should have stuck with the stuff he promised - and actually could have done.
But that doesn't mean I would go back and vote for McCain. Not a chance.

Leo Morris
Fri, 01/22/2010 - 9:35am

My assumptions are based on looking forward, not back. When it comes time to vote for president, we ALL have to hold our noses and choose from two imperfect candidates. My hope is that those suffering buyer's remorse will think more carefully in the next election and pick the right flawed candidate.

tim zank
Fri, 01/22/2010 - 10:46am

By the time 2012 rolls around it'll be a "sweet jesus anybody but Obama" election.