The people I talk to in real life weren't ashamed of America. They had their own reasons for voting for him. One voted for Obama because she just wanted us to get out of the war. Another friend because she was so excited about the possibility of getting an African American president and how that would unite the country. (It didn't and it won't - at least not with this president). Many like her, I think, were caught up in Obama mania. Still another would have voted for anyone but a Republican because of the daily hammering by the news media. The tanking of the economy switched a lot of voterss (although if you really want to get technical, it wasn't conservative policies and practices that brought us into this economic mess). Democratic friends voted a Democratic ticket because that's what they do - I wondered if they realized that this was not their typical "Democratic" candidate. This was not Bill Clinton 2.0. He's more like Jimmy Carter on steroids.
In recent days, the president's rhetoric has not sounded as if he wants to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans. It sounds to me as if he will continue to try to implement his agenda regardless of how the congress is stacked against him. The good news that a stalemate in Washington will prevent more damage from being done I hope.
Recently Cardinal Designate, Raymond Burk reiterated what many in the Catholic Blogosphere have been saying for years- the most basic issue is the vote for life. Nothing supercedes that, nothing is more important than that. A Catholic in good conscience can never vote otherwise; a Catholic who feels that they must vote otherwise because of conscience has not formed their conscience properly - It's really that simple.
However, the church is very, very clear about what the top priorities in deciding on a candidate should be and the right to life of the unborn is the top priority. Although many issues relevant, not all are of equal importance. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have referenced again and again the importance of the rights of the unborn as being of primary importance.
Some will say and have said that no one has the right to "judge other Catholics." My reply is that the spiritual works of mercy are still part of the Catholic faith. They are in the catechism. There is no "jugement" in simply following the directives of the catechism- which is the sure norm for Catholics.