It's usually conservatives who get in this fix.
We fall for a candidate. You believe the rhetoric. You imagine that that person is one of you. That there will be real, substantive change.
Until they get elected. Rule of thumb: your friends are your friends until they get to Washington.
I was never a big fan of the Peanuts comics. However, this is a great illustration of what I'm talking about.
Lucy holds the football. Charlie Brown goes in for a kick.
And every time, Lucy pulls the ball up, and Charlie Brown falls flat on his back.
We are Charlie Brown. Lucy is the cynical politician. And every time -- count on it -- the football will be pulled back. We will be given all sorts of promises. Promises of "change." And there will be no change.
Barack Obama is just the latest Lucy. He won't be the last.