Obama’s Tactic of Conciliation vs Political Compromise

Barack Obama’s support for Joe Liebermann during his election is and was an important indicator of his character, judgment and goals.

HARTFORD, Conn. –U.S. Sen. Barack Obama rallied Connecticut Democrats at their annual dinner Thursday night, throwing his support behind mentor and Senate colleague Joe Lieberman. [2006]

That endorsement, at a Jefferson/Jackson Dinner, two years ago is simply more evidence of Barack Obama’s inability to see the true enemy where they exist.

I’ve never understood why so many don’t see this most obvious of indicator of the true Obama character and judgment and understand the consequences. Barack Obama will try to make peace, try to reach conciliation, with the Republicans and be amazed when they stab him in the back through out his term in office. Barack Obama believes in conciliation.

He doesn’t see that the forces arrayed to change the constitution, bankrupt the government and install the religious right are well-funded, organized and currently keeping a low profile. That doesn’t mean they aren’t active and working. They are smart and more than capable of continuing actions and organizing while staying out of the media eye.

The difference between political compromise and political conciliation are dramatic and have long term consequences.

From Dictionary.com


  1. to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over: to conciliate an angry competitor.
  1. to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
  1. to make compatible; reconcile.


  1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
  1. the result of such a settlement.

The results of an attempted overall conciliation could be disastrous.

There are only three paths:
Conciliation: Believing you can make an effective peace with your opposition.
Compromise: Making the most of a situation and getting movement to a goal
Opposition: Standing firm, refusing compromise and readying for attack or defense as the situation demands.

History is replete with examples of conciliation when compromise (or simply NOT compromising and readying for defense/attack) was an alternative.

It’s my firm belief that Barack Obama truly believes that conciliation is possible and desirable. He does not seem to understand the fanaticism of the forces arrayed against a Democratic presidency.

I do not believe he’s a ‘warrior’ that can see the battle before it begins.

Ol’ Joe defied the Democratic voters of Connecticut and is actively guiding, touring and mentoring the Republican Nominee, is simply a perfect example of conciliation in action. While Barack Obama has achieved a personal ‘peace’ and he also enabled and reinforced an enemy.

This is, for me, neither forgettable nor forgivable.

Ol’ Joe is no Democrat. I’m ashamed he was a VP candidate. And conciliation won’t work.

Bookmark and Share

Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Obama’s Tactic of Conciliation vs Political Compromise

  1. Pingback: Obama’s Tactic of Conciliation vs Political Compromise | Barack Obama Chronicles

  2. Stuart: I wish I could say that you’re wrong. And I would actually get some comfort if there were some way that we could all be sure that you’re right.

    You know politicians. Their job is to talk a good line, and our job is to try to not get caught up in it. But it’s also worth remembering that the hands down boss Democrat today is Gore, he who picked Lieberman in 2000.

  3. Gilbert Martinez says:

    I don’t know, Stuart.

    I think the whole “conciliation” line is a strategy. It does well in polls and focus groups. Axelrod surely knew Obama stood absolutely no chance at winning amongst hard-core Democrats so he had to adjust his message accordingly.

    One of Obama’s key backers is former CA state controller Steve Westly, who ran essentially the same campaign as Obama is running now. I heard Westly with my own ears mention emphatically that being less partisan “polls well”.