But beyond the tautological, what does this demand that conservatives recognize that Obama is their president mean? Are they supposed to root for him to succeed? One hopes that we are all hoping he will not run the country into the ground. But since most conservatives believe that Obama's agenda will, in fact, run the country into the ground, it would not be reasonable to demand that they actually hope he passes it.
Are conservatives supposed to suddenly like Obama? Or at least give him the benefit of the doubt? As far as I can tell, precisely none of the liberals urging this on conservatives obeyed their dicta when George Bush was supposed to be the object of their affections.
I am really struggling to figure out what sort of deeper, richer, civic life is supposed to arise out of a unanimous recognition that the man who was elected president of the country has, yes, actually been elected president of the bit we happen to live in. Can someone who speaks Blather explain it to me?
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