There’s an old saying: “the left want all the power but none of the responsibility”. And its very true, most of the time. Now, I’ve always supported Barack Obama but I have never been the Obama is the messiah kind, contrary to popular belief. Hence, unlike most of the American left, I’m not squealing about his recent decisions because they were more centrist than usual. And hell, I wouldn’t rule out the death penalty for child rapists either.
This post on HuffPo provides background and ends with:
He is simply adhering to the ancient political axiom that Democratic presidential candidates run to the Left and Republicans to the right in the embryonic stages of the campaign. Then when the chips are down they move quickly to the center, the conservative center that is.
The Left can moan over Obama’s political role reversals all it wants. But the hard reality is that presidential wannabes routinely do policy back flips to win. It’s simply part of the American political game.
That, and the fact that he is particularly vulnerable to certain accusations (black men will let off black kiddie rapists!) that could have surfaced during the election. As Michael Tomasky said, “It’s acceptable – and necessary – for Barack Obama to compromise his liberal principles in order to get elected.” Amen to that.
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