“Dishonorable friends and honorable enemies”

The more I learn about Representative David Obey’s (D-WI) politics, the less I agree with him. I think that I oppose pretty much everything he supports, and support most of what he opposes. As far as I’m convinced, he’s wrong across the board on all the major issues that I care about.

But damn it, if this video clip is a fair representation of the man, I have to respect him. In it, he comes across as honest, sincere, principled, and all too aware of political realities.

Again, I think he’s wrong on the war, as well as most other issues, but in this clip he’s the kind of opponent I can respect. This is the kind of behavior the Democratic Party needs to show America, not the Nutroots crowd — as emblemized by Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, Kos, and the like.

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