I’m starting to wonder, which Barack Obama will be governing from the White House — if he is elected?
The flip-flop on immediate withdrawal versus adopting the Bush-McCain Iraq plan is too obvious. So let’s go deeper with John Kerry Barack Obama.
Which Barack Obama should I consider voting for in November…..
The Obama who tries to lift up Americans, or the Obama who scoffs at them ?
The Obama who says he will only “tax the rich”, or the Obama who will tax anyone making $32,000 or more?
The Obama who rails against the Bush Adminstration for “violating” our civil liberties in their “war on terror”, or the Obama who voted this week for the Bush Administration’s FISA reauthorization plan?
The Obama-Politician who uses his children as political window-dressing, or the Obama-Father who thinks his own decision was bad?
“You know, I think that we got carried away in the moment. We were having a birthday party and everybody was laughing, and suddenly this thing cropped up. And I didn’t catch it quickly enough. And I was surprised by the attention it received, as well… We wouldn’t do it again, and we won’t be doing it again.”
Unless he had to use them to get elected.
Does this man have any inner moral compass to know right from wrong? Or even the ability to make a touch decision without vacillating about it the following day, or within the hour?
I think Rush Limbaugh has it right — Barack Obama is the first black Clinton.
UPDATE (from Dan): On the FISA flip-flop, John Hinderaker of Powerline writes, “Like everything Barack Obama says, that pledge [to oppose giving retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies] was operative only as long as it was in Obama’s political interest. Last month, he announced a change in position.” That about sums it up, operative only as long as it’s in his political interest.
UP-UPDATE (from Bruce): Karl Rove says it quite nicely.Â Obama is the Democrat version of RichardÂ Nixon.
In the primary, Mr. Obama supported pulling out of Iraq within 16 months, called the D.C. gun ban constitutional, backed the subjection of telecom companies to expensive lawsuits for cooperating in the terror surveillance program, opposed welfare reform, pledged to renegotiate Nafta, disavowed free trade and was strongly against the death penalty in all cases. But in the past few weeks, Mr. Obama has reversed course on all of these, discarding fringe liberal views for relentlessly centrist positions. He also flip-flopped on accepting public financing and condemning negative ads from third party groups, like unions.
By taking Nixon’s advice, Mr. Obama is assuming such dramatic reversals will somehow avoid voter scrutiny. But people are watching closely, and by setting a world indoor record for jettisoning past positions, Mr. Obama may be risking his reputation for truthfulness. A candidate’s credibility, once lost, is very hard to restore, regardless of how fine an organization he has built.