There’s been a lot of controversy in recent weeks over whether people opposed to Obama “want him to fail”. As someone who did not vote for Obama, I feel qualified to comment on this.
First of all, I am an independent. In 2008 I voted for John McCain. Unlike most people on these boards, I was voting for McCain, and not simply against Obama. I voted for McCain because I agreed with most of his policies, and I liked his brand of center-right moderate politics and record of bipartisanship. I also thought and still think that McCain was the best qualified presidential candidate in a generation.
So, when someone asks me if I want Obama to fail, the response is “at what?”
No, I don’t want Obama to be a total failure just so he can lose the next election. Such an action would damage the country, and I don’t wish for my country to be damaged. I don’t want another Carter or Harding administration.
Those that say they want Obama to be a total failure are putting vindictive party politics over the good of the nation.
However, there is a nuance to this position: While I don’t want Obama to be an overall failure, I do want him to fail at certain things. I want Obama to fail at increasing the size of the federal government. I want him to fail at removing restrictions on abortion. I want to see him fail at increasing taxes and increasing spending.
So yes, I do hope that Obama succeeds in creating a more prosperous, stable American in a strong position in the world, with a balanced budget and peace in Iraq and Afghanistan. But I hope he fails in some of his specific policy objectives.