During the 2012 presidential campaign, liberal Democrats said that, although they had reservations about Barack Obama’s continuing support for Republican policies, they could not vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. If they voted with the Green Party, the Democrats said, Mitt Romney might win. If Mitt Romney became President, he would do terrible things, like cutting Social Security.
Within the few weeks since his victory on Election Day, however, Barack Obama has begun to enact many of the policies that Democrats said made Mitt Romney an intolerable choice for the White House. Robert Reich, a Democrat who urged Americans to re-elect Obama, is now waking up to this reality, noting that, although Obama promised to protect Social Security from budget cuts if he was re-elected, Obama is now offering to help Republicans with their plans to cut Social Security.
Robert Reich’s method of dealing with this betrayal from Obama is to feign surprise. Reich is pretending that he had no way of knowing that Barack Obama would break his campaign promises and embrace the Republican agenda, even though that’s what Obama did soon after he was elected President the first time back in 2008. Reich asks, “Why is the President back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans?” Reich knows the answer, of course: Barack Obama makes promises to liberals while campaigning, even though he has no intention of keeping those promises.
Of course, other Democrats may be reacting to Obama’s quick flip flop on Social Security in different ways. I’m curious as to how those Democrats who voted to re-elect Obama are dealing with this latest betrayal. If you’re a Democrat who voted for Obama this year with the presumption that Obama would keep his promise to protect Social Security from budget cuts, please take the poll and leave a comment below to share what’s now going on in your mind.