Many Republicans, those with still one foot in the camp of Reality, are breaking away from their Party, a Party that has broken away from them
-- and they are "bravely" taking a stand and supporting a very capable and Reality-based candidate -- President Barack Obama.
Many well-grounded Independents too, are also making that same decision this year. You are not alone, government-weary citizens.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist:
"I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility," Crist writes. "It is a vision of the future proven right by our history."
Why Republican Colin Powell is endorsing Obama again
Colin Powell, former secretary of state for George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2005.
Powell said the president's handling of the economy and foreign policy are two of the reasons for his decision. "When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression,” Powell said. “We were in real trouble.”
'I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising. So I think generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude,” Powell explained. “It doesn’t mean we are problem solved, there are lots of problems still out there. The unemployment rate is too high. People are still hurting in housing. But I see that we are starting to rise up.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week's devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
But we can't do it alone. We need leadership from the White House -- and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.
Nevertheless, the president has achieved some important victories on issues that will help define our future. His Race to the Top education program -- much of which was opposed by the teachers’ unions, a traditional Democratic Party constituency –-- has helped drive badly needed reform across the country, giving local districts leverage to strengthen accountability in the classroom and expand charter schools. His health-care law -- for all its flaws -- will provide insurance coverage to people who need it most and save lives.
List Of Republicans Supporting Obama (and why)
Lincoln Chafee, Former United States Senator from Rhode Island:"As I look at the candidates in order who to vote for, certainly my kind of conservatism was reflected with Senator Obama, and those points are that we're fiscally conservative, we care about revenues matching expenditures, we also care about the environment, I think it's a traditional conservative value to care about clean air and clean water."Richard Riordan, Former Mayor of Los Angeles:"I'm still a Republican, but I still will always vote for the person who I think will do the best job."[...]
Linwood Holton, Former Governor of Virginia:"Obama has a brain, and he isn't afraid to use it."[...]
Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of President Eisenhower & President of the Eisenhower Group:"Given Obama's support among young people, I believe that he will be most invested in defending the interests of these rising generations and, therefore, the long-term interests of this nation as a whole."
Republicans for Obama
Paula Pennypacker, Scottsdale, Arizona:President Obama will be the first Democrat that I have ever voted for for president since registering Republican after college in 1980 so I could vote for Ronald Reagan. of those of us who are center-right. We don't need to redefine the meaning of “rape.” We need to redefine what it means to be a Republican. Obama will move us "forward." Romney will move us backwards!Robert Murphy, Chicago, IL:I am a 62 year old white guy. I served in the Vietnam war, I have paid my taxes, and I pretty much kept my mouth shut until a radical right wing with a big mouth and an empty brain showed up. The Republican party has basically become anti-everything. Also, a few billionaries and millionaires have taken over the party, and these men have swayed peoples minds for the worst. Koch industries has, in many cases, ruined the environment -- our clean air, or lakes and rivers and streams -- for the sake of profit.
Disillusioned Republican? ... It's OK to make a change.
Recap of President Obama's First Term
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Americans, we are much, much better than all this Grover-inspired Gridlock.
Wouldn't you like to see just what we could accomplish -- if the Obstructionists would just get the Hell out of the way?