Tuesday, December 09, 2008

More Pragmatist than "Progressive"?

Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Friendly House gynmasium in Davenport, Iowa, January 2, 2008.

A number of conservatives are rightly skeptical that Senator President Elect Obama has it in him to govern from the center(-left). Nothing in his actual history indicates he's ever gravitated toward adopting centrist/conservative beliefs or moved away from an attraction to radical, leftist ideologies; nor is there a history of ever actually reaching across the aisle and achieving real bipartisanship, other than offering lip service about it and the illusion of centrism and unity.

It just might well be, though, that he is pragmatic enough and smart enough about his legacy, that he will vitiate his natural inclination of leftist ideology and actually govern closer to the center than to the far left of it.

In any event, it's nice from our perspective to at least watch his "progressive" moveon.org base jaw-drop as he breaks campaign promises and...*gasp*...turns out to be "just another politician":

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn’t there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.

Obama insists he hasn’t abandoned the goals that made him feel to some like a liberal savior. But the left’s bill of particulars against Obama is long, and growing.


Maybe Obama is smart enough not to want to govern Carter's 2nd term.

Can't wait to see the realities of high office kick him swift in the pants once he's actually in, rather than trying to armchair quarterback from the bleachers (2003-2008) or govern on Bush's watch (post-Nov. Election and pre-Jan 20th, 2009 inaugural). Actually, that was a partisan snipe: I actually think for the sake of a smooth transition, for the sake of the country, it's good that Obama's getting his feet into the waters before Bush leaves office and is no longer there to hold his hand. I mean, c'mon....last I understood it, we're only supposed to have one president at a time.



Blogger Gayle said...

I think that possibly because of security briefings, Obama may know a lot more than he knew as a senator or while he was babbling far-left BS in the primaries. I'm hoping that a lot of his far-left babblings were simply an expedient way for him to win the primary. Look at how he changed his tune once he had won it! Or, to be more accurate, perhaps I should say once the DNC delegates decided he had won it.

I'm very happy to see the far left is unhappy with him. May they grow more unhappy with him over time!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 7:57:00 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

When the far left is unhappy I have a reason to smile. I hope it lasts.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

As far as this lefty is concerned, nothing Obama has done has surprised me nor annoyed me. In fact, he is doing exactly what I expected of him.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 9:50:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


I admit that we conservatives in the blogosphere might have been shrill, hysterical, and fear-mongering about Obama's socialist leanings and radical ties. Time will see; and for the sake of the country if not for my Party, I hope we rightwingnuts are proven wrong.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I am not holding my breath!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I think he wants to govern from the center because I believe he is smart enough to realize this is the only politically safe thing to do. I have two caveats though.

His arrogance will get in he way. He trully believes he has a mandate for "change".

The real trick here is where is the center? I have heard some of the current leadership of the Democratic party define the center and their "center" is pretty far left.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 4:15:00 PM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...


Keep not holding your breath. I read somewhere (no idea where, though) that Obama is placing centrists in the top positions to appease the right, and he's filling all the lower (off the radar) positions with far lefties, and they're the ones who do the real work.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 9:06:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Yeah (the sound of me slapping my forehead). Imagine that. Huh.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008 6:16:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The president - elect is JAP.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008 6:17:00 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I'm not holding my breath either. The center for Obama is way left of what I consider center. We'll see what he does when he actually gets into office.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

One thing is certain - Obama is a true political survivor, trained in Chicago politics. Hardball stuff. He'll appease the moderates as he has in his top positions so far. And, yeah, the under-secretaries will be true liberals like him. Whatever. I will wait a bit and see what happens. For all of our sakes, I hope he'll get in office and learn to work with everyone for the solutions needed in D.C.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He keeps stepping in it don't he!

Thursday, December 11, 2008 5:47:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Like you, Wordsmith, for the sake of the country I hope that we were all wrong about Obama, but I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, December 11, 2008 8:36:00 AM  
Blogger Tapline said...

There is just too much smoke associated with this election and no leaks. How long has this investigation been going on with the Gov?? Where was the MSM during the election on connections and adding 2+2=4.

Thursday, December 11, 2008 2:02:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Obama said "we only have one president at a time" when he asked about TERRORISM and ISLAMISTS...otherwise, he's all OVER the energy and economy problems. Only with Mumbai did he suddenly get a little class.......hard for him, I guess. And, of course, it was said just to escape the questions "But what do you THINK about what happened?"

The Blagojevich situation is fun to watch; Obama ..says things and nods his head agreeing with himself as if WE should also agree...staggering, stammering to get words out (and they call Bush inarticulate?..yes, sadly,and they're right, of course!).......stammering not to say anything that could possibly reflect badly on THE ONE. sickening.
HOW could obama have escaped the Chicago machine? How stupid does he think we all ARE?

Thursday, December 11, 2008 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

You nailed it BZ, NObama is a JAP!(just another politician)

I fear also that his "center" is WAY to the left of MY "center". Time will tell, but I will not hold my breath either. I never could stand him, or his type, and I never will.

Saturday, December 13, 2008 1:04:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

It just might well be, though, that he is pragmatic enough and smart enough about his legacy, that he will vitiate his natural inclination of leftist ideology and actually govern closer to the center than to the far left of it.

Maybe. But conservatives should keep close tabs on some of the "secondary" appointments, positions which often have great influence on longterm policies for our nation.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 2:54:00 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

I'll shake his hand NOT andrea's --he represents the Best of the Best--andrea represents the indoctrinated Worst of the Worst!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:28:00 AM  

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