Much ado about the changing positions of the presumptive Democrat nominee, Sen. Barack Obama.
In recent weeks, he's become a true candidate of change as he changed his own stated positions:
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: After previously speaking against President Bush's initiative - as recently as February 12th, Sen. Obama supported the renewal of the FISA bill, angering many of his supporters on the Left.
- After the Supreme Court correctly ruled on the unconstitutional ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., the Illinois senator spoke out in support of gun rights. Compare it to his previously stated position that he supported state legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns, and who could forget the slam to those of us in small town Pennsylvania who, as he put it, were clinging to our guns (and bibles).
Furthermore, in what had to be a hard-swallow for those on the Left, Sen. Obama has become a fan of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Sen. Obama once lambasted the death penalty, saying it did nothing to deter crime. He then spoke against the Supreme Court decision saying Louisiana's death penalty for child rapists was unconstitutional. While it is hard to imagine why any sane person would not want to put down any child rapist, that he would disagree with Justice Anthony Kennedy, a darling of the Left.
- Regarding President Bush's Faith Based Initiatives, Sen. Obama has stated his intentions to embrace and continue the program. This move has disappointed many on the Left, who claim the intent of the initiative is unconstitutional.
- Who can forget Obama's 180° change on public financing? I personally know one person who has donated ~$100 to his campaign and is unhappy at this flip-flop.
And if the criticisms I've linked to above weren't enough, the venerable NY Times editorial board has taken Obama to task on his changed views.
Sen. Obama wants to win, and as such he is trying his best to reach out to the Right. That is all well and good: the old rule is to run to your base in the Primaries, run the Center in the General (election). The difference is that candidates who do move to the Center generally do so in a sort of compromise of your positions, not a reversal.
Any one or two of the positions above could be forgiven by his base, but Sen. Obama is beginning to worry his supporters. This is largely because Sen. Hilary Clinton ran so far to the Left, Obama had no choice but to go even further to the Left, thus making any move to the Center appear like a huge swing.
The big problem with all of this is simple: if he says whatever he has to in order to win, then the candidate of change, the new kind of candidate is, in fact nothing more than a shill, a charlatan that will capitalize on any buzz word to secure power. How proud would anyone on the Left be to elect a person of that character?
If he does mean what he says when he endorses these largely-Right-wing positions, what does his base say when he stands by his word even after being elected? Remember how many pundits were surprised President Bush kept his promises to cut taxes, etc. even after being elected? Compare that, say, to the number of promises made by Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid which have yet to be fulfilled (say, why haven't we heard much from the Congressional leaders, huh?).
As Lionel spake this morning, if Obama begins to court Pro-Life Supporters, that may well cause a number of his supporters to bail.
And if that did happen... you just know Hilary is waiting in the wings....
h/t Reality Hammer
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