Well, it’s not just we conservatives who are noting Obama’s flip-flops. Turns out a number of “high-profile liberals” (as Jim Geraghty defines them) have realized that the primary change this guy stands for is in his positions.
This new type of politician is just a more charismatic and rhetorically gifted version of the standard issue politician who’ll do what it takes to get elected, even it it means shifting stands which once defined his campaign. In other words, Obama’s just an opportunist.
As he indicates that he’s shifting on offshore drilling, the far-left Nation magazine published an Open Letter “calling on Barack Obama to stand firm on the principles he so compellingly articulated in the primary campaign.“:
Since your historic victory in the primary, there have been troubling signs that you are moving away from the core commitments shared by many who have supported your campaign, toward a more cautious and centrist stance–including, most notably, your vote for the FISA legislation granting telecom companies immunity from prosecution for illegal wiretapping, which angered and dismayed so many of your supporters.
They list a few of the issues where the presumptive Democratic nominee has changed his views since the primary campaign. While the Nation editors claim the positions he had embraced “are essential to sustaining” the movement they favor, they neglect to mention how out of step most of their policies are with American voters. Run on that left-wing agenda and he’s certain to lose.
Obama’s smart enough to realize that and determined enough to win this fall, that he’ll change his positions wherever necessary to further his own election. After all, he is the candidate of change.
It seems the only change Obama really believes in is that which makes him more palatable to the political audience at hand. Which makes him a lot like his vanquished rival in the recent contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. And her husband.
UPDATE: Â Maybe Obama’s changing his views so readily because he’s brought on veterans from the campaign of another Democratic flip-flopper to his team.
UP-UPDATE: In a similar vein at the Huffington Post, Alex Castellanos writes, “It is Obama’s campaign that presents their candidate as an ever-changing work-in-progress” (Via Instapundit).