Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fairy Tales Can Come True...

Since sewing up the nomination Barack Obama sure is flip-flopping a lot on past positions.

He's changed his mind on the foreign surveillance bill. He was against it if it included immunity for the telecoms, now he's for it even though it includes that immunity. He's softened his withdrawal-now-from-Iraq rhetoric and the same with his anti-free trade comments. Labor unions are taking notice.

He is supporting the opinions of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court in the gun-rights case and the rights of states to execute child rapists.

He is stumping for government-supported faith-based initiatives, and as a supporter of welfare reform.

Commentators on the Left are noticing the Obama Shift. Many don't like it. Others are happy to give him a pass believing that he is a true lefty and cleverly running not just to the center but to the right, in order to get elected.

Whether this is a strategy that will fool enough voters remains to be seen. But for those who buy his "Change you can believe in" slogan. They are more and more looking like naive suckers who might as well believe in the Easter Bunny.

Or as Bill Clinton put it, believers in the greatest fairy tale ever.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

Gil

Disapointing? Yes. Uncommon? not really. I can't recall an election that didn't have it's share.
Some of McCains-

* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)

* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.

* McCain used to think that Grover Norquist was a crook and a corrupt shill for dictators. Then McCain got serious about running for president and began to reconcile with Norquist.

* McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.

* McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.

* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* And now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.

July 2, 2008 at 9:21 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Commentators on the Left are noticing the Obama Shift. Many don't like it. Others are happy to give him a pass believing that he is a true lefty and cleverly running not just to the center but to the right, in order to get elected.

And he gets a pass because he is black and their Affirmative Action Candidate.

Whether this is a strategy that will fool enough voters remains to be seen. But for those who buy his "Change you can believe in" slogan. They are more and more looking like naive suckers who might as well believe in the Easter Bunny.

Anyone who still believes all that hollow drivel about "change" and "unity" are complete morons. Period. Obama has been exposed as being nothing more than another lying politician.

July 2, 2008 at 11:54 AM 

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