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The Obama Jolt: Is Barack a secret centrist?
Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 28,2008 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 11/29/2008 9:55:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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To: what's up

Oh he probably will do something like that, but it’s going to take him time to figure it all out, which is why I think he will do nothing at first, until he puts his first budget together. It’ll probably be early spring before he starts making his moves.


41 posted on 11/29/2008 11:01:37 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: SeekAndFind
The Obama Jolt: Is Barack a secret centrist?

No.

42 posted on 11/29/2008 11:02:00 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter. Before the late bell. When I close the door.)
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To: SeekAndFind
could someone please tell me WHAT THE F##K HAS HAPPENED TO THE WEEKLY STANDARD!!!!!.

Over the last few years they are starting to look more like the Vanity Fair!
43 posted on 11/29/2008 11:04:50 AM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Nathan Zachary
but it’s going to take him time to figure it all out

I agree because it's going to take some time to figure out which way to go to remain popular. He's not a leader; rather, he's a follower of public opinion and does what it takes to maintain power.

Ultimately, if he can get away with going left he will. But if a centrist policy is the only way to get the market to rise (and it will be) he will forsake all campaign promises and embrace that.

44 posted on 11/29/2008 11:21:47 AM PST by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama is a leftist. But he's not a fool and he knows destroying the economy would lead to huge Democratic losses in 2010 and jeopardize his reelection prospects in 2012. So he is going to move very cautiously and ask the Left to bide its time. And a Democratic Congress is going to defer to a President from the same party. They both have the same interest in getting re-elected. There will be no radical lurch leftwards in a first Obama term.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

45 posted on 11/29/2008 11:39:45 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: whitedog57; All

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Why wait for a 2nd Term for OBAMA to do what he wants, when he wants with us..?

When right now he doesn’t even have to produce proof he is a Natural Born Citizen born in the United States, as dictated by our precious U.S. Constitution..?

Just look at the big smile on his fellow SAUL ALINNSKY soulmate BILL AYERS’ face to preview what’s really in store for us right from the very start...!!!

Unless our United States Supreme Court does it’s job of protecting our Freedom’s very foundation...???

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46 posted on 11/29/2008 11:44:24 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com11)
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To: what's up

I don’t think he gives a darn about the markets. The only thing Obama cares about is power, and this goes for Bill Ayers and the other people behind him as well. However, he knows that if he tips his hand now, it’s going to cause considerable alarm and possibly lead to more calls to investigate his birth certificate and other circumstances about him.

Notice that Ayers and the gang, after briefly surfacing following the election, have disappeared from view. But after all these years of association, and the fact that Ayers engineered much of the situation surrounding the election, they’re not going away. Obama wouldn’t know what to do without them, for one thing; he’s not a smart man, and clearly gets his leftwing talking points from the theorists behind him.

However, he wants power and he’ll get it. If anything, I’d expect things to get worse after the inauguration and after he has no need to hide. Miserification, that is, the creation of a state of misery and crisis, is a key part of left-wing strategy in gaining absolute power, and I think we’re going to see that played out on a devastating scale.

The idea that Obama cares what happens to the US is ridiculous. He hates it and wants to destroy it.


47 posted on 11/29/2008 11:50:06 AM PST by livius
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To: livius
I don’t think he gives a darn about the markets.

Read my previous post.

I don't think he cares about the markets. However, he does care about power. And these days the large middle class will judge a President on their 401k's and investments.

If he could get away with decimating the economy as a leftist he would be in glory. However, he cares about power more. If his popularity starts to decline, he will do what he can to shore up the markets. I think this is the way he's going to have to go.

48 posted on 11/29/2008 12:00:06 PM PST by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been praying that O would “see the light” and become conservative.


49 posted on 11/29/2008 12:06:55 PM PST by ncpatriot
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To: SeekAndFind
Uh-oh! Time to bash Barnes! He must be a secret neo-con!

(Maybe he's even a secret Zionist!)

50 posted on 11/29/2008 12:13:59 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: what's up

I don’t think he’s going to wait for popularity, though. That was the Bill Clinton approach, because Bill Clinton loved to be loved. But Obama doesn’t care. I think once he gets sufficient misery, he will use that as an excuse to impose his real agenda. People will feel defenseless because of the crisis mentality and sense of peril he has instilled, and while he will not be popular, he will be able to exert unprecedented power very easily.


51 posted on 11/29/2008 12:16:07 PM PST by livius
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To: BlessedBeGod

“Is Fred Barnes insane?”

He’s a Rino, first and foremost, but he also hopes they’ll invite him to parties if he licks their boots.


52 posted on 11/29/2008 12:18:04 PM PST by Luke21
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To: Luke21

Fred’s to the right of center, but he’s still on target for getting a brown nose


53 posted on 11/29/2008 12:25:29 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO.


54 posted on 11/29/2008 12:25:38 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: SeekAndFind
Oh, brother. Ubama is the biggest shucker and jiver out there. This is all for show.

Think about it, Fred. When Kennedy's Socialized Medicine Act reaches Comrade Ubama's desk do you expect him to veto it? Sign it "present"? Wad it up and shoot a 3-pointer into the trash can that has a mini-backboard and hoop attached to it?

For the love of pete. We are so screwed.

55 posted on 11/29/2008 1:09:45 PM PST by Texas Eagle ("Vote Obama, Get Clinton...Quick change artist "-- fishhound 11/28/08)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a fraud with a huge ego. He’ll play the game first term then a hard left if he was re-elected. So far he has only won an election...isn’t even President-elect yet....and the supremes are looking at his illegal alien status...


56 posted on 11/29/2008 1:25:12 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: BlessedBeGod

Are you just now figuring that out?


57 posted on 11/29/2008 1:35:35 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: chiller
'If the nations first black president screws this up, won't he cast a very unfavorable light on his race.Conversely he'll open the doors of opportunity for blacks for decades if he does the country right.

I sure as hell wouldn't want that responsibility. So...what's it gonna' be ? Mainstream or Marxist ?''

You do have a very interesting and troubling point.

As a Black American, I too have some serious concerns about this issue, especially when there are more than enough capable Black Conservative politicians that could serve this country well. And it doesn't help to have that horrid perception of all Black politicians being Socialists.

...There has got to be quite a weight on Obama's shoulders right now.

58 posted on 11/29/2008 1:37:22 PM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: SeekAndFind

What, no barf alert?


59 posted on 11/29/2008 1:47:01 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think he’s an anything-ist. Except maybe an opportunist.


60 posted on 11/29/2008 1:47:39 PM PST by riri
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