Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder endorsed President Obama in 2008. America’s first Black American Governor has opted not to endorse a president this time around.
The Times Dispatch reported that while Wilder does not expressly support presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he says that he “has met the test to be president.” In a column Wilder wrote for Reuters, he said:
“Democrats counted on using ad hominem attacks to make Romney seem too unworthy and too unsteady to be the country’s chief executive because of the rough nominating process. But that has not been 100 percent effective. Will it be effective enough? We’ll find out on Tuesday.”
The partisan nature of politics has been deeply enhanced during the Obama Administration. Many newspapers who formerly endorsed President Obama in 2008, have switched their support to the Republican candidate, many citing the dangerous and damaging culture of polarization. It is refreshing that as much as Obama’s presidency was anticipated, many have seen that sadly, his policies are simply not good for America, despite his intentions.
The partisan culture has not gone away, but the author submits that President Obama’s words and deeds has contributed to an even deeper divide than was seen under President Bush. The “marginalizing” of the opposition has turned civil disagreement into outright contempt.
Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder continued to say, “I have campaigned for and supported the president in the past, and many people now want to discuss his job performance with me.” It must be disappointing to withdraw endorsement for someone whose historic presidency was, at one point, so treasured by so many.
Recently, Gigi Georges, Hillary Clinton’s former Senate State Director endorsed Mitt Romney for president despite being a lifelong democrat. Georges cites Romney’s bipartisanship. The concern over polarization in America is a running theme.
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