Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget “contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal.”
Moderates now find themselves betwixt and between. On the left, there is a president who appears to be, as Crook says, “a conviction politician, a bold progressive liberal.” On the right, there are the Rush Limbaugh brigades. The only thing more scary than Obama’s experiment is the thought that it might fail and the political power will swing over to a Republican Party that is currently unfit to wield it.
Surely Dave, you can't be so naive or outright stupid to believe that O was ever anything but a tried and true liberal?
I mean look at those associations, Wright, Pflger, ACORN, etc. What about that stand on Iraq?
What's hilarious is that Brooks was one of those upper crust, conservative elites who mocked Sarah Palin. The funniest part of all is that as parochial as Palin may have appeared, she at least had enough smarts for seeing O for what he is/was/will ever be. A LIBERAL.
David Brooks needs to be bitch slapped back into reality.