Just caught this in Fred Barnes’s WSJ piece on why Obama isn’t changing Washington
“Change must come to Washington,” Mr. Obama said in a June 2008 speech. “I have consistently said when it comes to solving problems,” he told Jake Tapper of ABC News that same month, “I don’t approach this from a partisan or ideological perspective.”
He doesn’t? Hmmm. . . interesting comment to make from a guy who never forged a bipartisan consensus on a controversial issue while he was in the Illinois Senate or representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate. And while he had friends on the Republican side of the aisle, he never parted company with his Democratic colleagues on any major issue, always marching in lockstep with his partisan caucus.
If he doesn’t approach things from a partisan perspective, why then did he tap primarily partisan hacks to serve on his White House staff, picking a particularly ruthless partisan for the most important job (after his own) in the West Wing, Chief of Staff?
Obama won last fall in large part because people bought his rhetoric about being a postpartisan healer. But, the reality of his record–and now his Administration–shows an entirely different person.
Wonder why the media didn’t investigate this when they had the chance during the campaign. For there was abundant information to show just how much daylight there was between the Democrat’s rhetoric and his record. And they wouldn’t have needed travel all the way to Alaska to find such information, much of it could be accessed with just a handful of keystrokes.