They Spell It G-Obama-P

Republican backers cite bipartisanship, personality, putting policy on back burner
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 5:13 PM CST
They Spell It G-Obama-P
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets supporters following his address at the University of Toledo Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)

They may not agree with him on Iraq, health care, or tax cuts, but they’re going to fight for Barack Obama anyway. They’re "Obamacans," Republicans so turned off by the current GOP crop and so turned on by inspirational talk of changing the tone of politics that they’re willing to pull a blue lever—many for the first time in their lives. The LA Times investigates.

High-profile GOP supporters naturally attract the media spotlight, but Republicans for Obama has quietly amassed 22 chapters of aisle-crossers around the country. "I am so sick and tired of the partisanship," an Ohio Obamacan says. "He seems like someone willing to listen to a good idea, even if it comes from a Republican." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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