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Obama moving to the right

Here's one of the few counterarguments against the Obama campaign I give credence to: "I'm not worried about what Obama would do in the White House; I'm worried about what the White House would do to Obama."

Over the last two weeks, approximately, Obama has tilted to the right:

1) on his FISA cave-in (a flip-flop from saying no to wireless wiretapping and retroactive immunity for communications giants (the latter of which must be unconstitutional));

2) his "refinement" of his Iraq policy from "let's get out" to "let's see what the situation on the ground is" -- which by extension is no different from the classic "let's wait for what General Petraeus has to say" (we're still waiting, aren't we?);

3) his recycling of W. Bush's "faith-based organizations" idea, with the weak emendation that "hiring" would have to be non-discriminatory; come on: why would a church hire someone outside of their denomination, honestly? Obama saw this as an impossibility in his book Dreams From My Father, where whenever government money got infused into the South Side of Chicago, the politicians' family and friends always got the job, regardless of qualifications;

So, has this changed your perception of the Obama campaign? I like how he is shifting to be more marketable to the middle, but the three of the above positions are, in order, 1) a capitulation to law-breaking, 2) a continuation to a two-front war that has been unsuccessful, fostered mass death and chaos, 3) a cheap cave-in to religious Americans, as well as another way to burn off tax money unsuccessfully -- civil servants do the best job.

All this rings hollow to me. The George W. Bush presidency has shown us the danger of a blank slate entering the Western world's seat of power.


 
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