Principle over Party

When I first read the prompt for this blog, I instantly knew where I would look to find relevant articles for the 2012 election campaign. A few die-hard Obama fans that are also Facebook friends of mine enjoy posting their strong political views on the social networking site. In the weeks coming up to the election, their political support was manifested in my newsfeed hourly, so it was very clear to me how they felt about Obama (and Romney…). I went directly to one’s Facebook profile page and found exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, anonymous Facebook friend.


The article I found was an interesting one – an article posted by Republican Senator Larry Pressler in “The Blog” section of The Huffington Post. In this article, Vietnam Vet and Republican Senator Larry Pressler expresses his support for Democratic incumbent Barrack Obama. Senator Pressler continues to provide reasoning for his decision through examination of his truth, logic and principles. Another blogger comments, “Thank you Senator Pressler, for putting principle before party”. It is quite extraordinary that a Republican currently holding office would come forward to endorse a presidential candidate of the opposing party. Not only does this go against his former beliefs, but he is making himself vulnerable to his Republican supporters who may change their decision to vote for him after this formal statement in The Huffington Post.


It is true that people like to focus on “the exception” when it comes to important decisions such as the 2012 election. But Senator Pressler is really not going against his political party to be the exception; he is expressing his weight of principle over party. As a left commentary outlet, The Huffington Post does cater to the liberal American audience. Senator Pressler could assume that he would receive positive feedback from the post, according to Hargittai in his article Open Doors, Closed Spaces? Nevertheless, Senator Pressler ends with a statement that I think both Democrats and Republicans can relate to, “As a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation. I endorse President Obama for reelection in 2012”.


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