Skip to comments.What's behind Obama's big shift [Bartlett says McCain would have done "exactly the same thing"]
Posted on 04/26/2009 1:52:54 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
He is overseeing the boldest expansion of government in a generation. Is it a 'new pragmatism' right for the times or dangerous overreach by a young president?
BY LINDA FELDMANN
WASHINGTON - On the basketball court, Barack Obama likes the old "up and under" move. When he has the ball, he'll fake one way, wait for the guy who's covering him to jump, then duck under him.
That observation from Denver sportscaster Vic Lombardi who lucked into a game of pickup hoops last year with the future leader of the free world is too juicy to pass up as a possible metaphor for the new president's governing philosophy: Barack Obama likes to keep people guessing.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama refused to embrace an ideology (though as a senator, he was a safe liberal vote). He called himself a "pragmatist," with an eye toward "what works." In January, when Obama introduced the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tim Kaine, he tiptoed a step further, saying that both he and the Virginia governor share a "pragmatic, progressive philosophy."
Now, almost 100 days into his presidency, Obama's track record reveals an ambitious leader, presiding over a massive expansion of government spending and the boldest intervention of government into the affairs of business since President Truman tried to nationalize the steel industry in 1952.
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Too bad conservatives didn't have the guts to stand on principle and reject the "treasonous bastard" McCain.
Instead, they almost let him win...and deliver the final death blows to the Republican Party and to the conservative movement.
Thats why the RINO’s nominated him
Not defending McCain, but look at Zero’s list of nominees and cabinet appointments. Mostly radical leftists. It would not have been the same under McCain. We will be feeling the burden of this bunch of Marxists for a long time.
McCain is a menace to conservatives.
If McCain had done the exact same thing, many here would have supported him. For that one reason alone, I’m glad Obama was elected. Now, maybe conservatives will join together to push a conservative agenda. We needed Carter to give us Reagan.
He's in lockstep with the RNC.
The party has been and is a menace to conservatives.
WASHINGTON - On the basketball court, Barack Obama likes the old “up and under” move. When he has the ball, he’ll fake one way, wait for the guy who’s covering him to jump, then duck under him.
I get so sick and tired of people trying to act like Obama is the best basketball player since Michael Jordan (and they’re both from Chicago, you know). Like everytime Clintoon went for a jog with some pastor when the Monica story blew (no pun intended).
How about something more “realistic”:
Obama sucked hard on the cigarette. For some reason, he began thinking of his Columbia days and chuckled to himself when he remembered what they call a cigarette in England. Then he took another drag, almost like he was metaphorically sucking the life out of the economy. He laughed about how he used to have to pay for his smokes with his own money, but now, the taxpayers bought them for him. And the media was soooo good never to take a picture of him with one hanging out of his mouth. Good thing government employees had great health care, so he could get all the best treatments, on time, if he got cancer, or emphysema.
“with an eye toward “what works.” “
....works towards socialism and bolstering democrat power.
He isn’t interested in what actually works to benefit the nation, only what political strengthens him.
At least you have it right, conservatism is a movement. It has no home in any political party. The republican party is merely an empty bottle where we can pour our wine. A republican victory will not mean a victory for libertarian/conservatism. The principles and principled men must win on the strength of their convictions, our aim should be to sway the masses to our side rather than try to move towards what is deemed popular.
We need a new paradigm and model to present out there. Not between liberals versus conservatives, left versus right. But rather our model must get back to basics. We must present an argument defining the difference between the collectivists/statists versus individualists/freemen.
MCain and his daughter are irrelevant. I ignore both of them. I only voted for him because of Sarah Palin, otherwise I would have voted for a third party.
Yeah - if only we were just “in a cycle” - and it were just a matter of getting a conservative elected next time....
I don’t believe McCain is consistently a true Conservative, but I certainly do not agree he would have done the same things Obama is doing. Obama is anti-military, anti-america and he is a Socialist. McCain almost died supporting America .. he supported the war and the Military. Although McCain does not represent the majority of Republicans, there are many distinct differences between him and Obama.
Freedom, once lost, is not easily regained. However, I think Obama will prove such a shock to the system that everything he enacts will be reversed, and then some.
So - your hope is in your deluded fellow countrymen? Or is your hope in the GOP? Is your hope that we’ll regain the 40-50 seats in the House needed to stop his agenda?
I hope that I can count on my "deluded fellow countrymen" to vote correctly in 2010, because if I can't count on them to do something that easy, I certainly can't count on them to do anything more self-sacrificing to save America.
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