R. Justin Shepherd | PART-TIME PUNDIT

Damned if you do…
11.July.2008, 1.19 pm
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Noticed a trend in Obama coverage lately? Yes, the old “flip-flop” charges are flying again. But as John Kerry tried unsuccessfully to argue about four years ago this time, there is such a thing as changing one’s mind, not to mention compromise. As Gail Collins noted Thursday in the New York Times:

I know, I know. You’re upset. You think the guy you fell in love with last spring is spending the summer flip-flopping his way to the right. Drifting to the center. Going all moderate on you. So you’re withholding the love. Also possibly the money.

I feel your pain. I just don’t know what candidate you’re talking about.

Think back. Why, exactly, did you prefer Obama over Hillary Clinton in the first place? Their policies were almost identical — except his health care proposal was more conservative. You liked Barack because you thought he could get us past the old brain-dead politics, right? He talked — and talked and talked — about how there were going to be no more red states and blue states, how he was going to bring Americans together, including Republicans and Democrats.

Exactly where did everybody think this gathering was going to take place? Left field? [bold mine—RJ]

When an extremely intelligent politician tells you over and over and over that he is tired of the take-no-prisoners politics of the last several decades, that he is going to get things done and build a “new consensus,” he is trying to explain that he is all about compromise. Even if he says it in that great Baracky way. …

It’s not his fault that we missed the message — although to be fair, he did make it sound as if getting rid of the “old politics” involved driving out the oil and pharmaceutical lobbyists rather than splitting the difference on federal wiretapping legislation. But if you look at the political fights he’s picked throughout his political career, the main theme is not any ideology. It’s that he hates stupidity. “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war,” he said in 2002 in his big speech against the invasion of Iraq. He did not, you will notice, say he was against unilateral military action or pre-emptive attacks or nation-building. He was antidumb.

Antidumb! That’s a message we can get behind,especially after eight years of… oh, nevermind. She continues (and hits on the stupidest topic of this election cycle, the flag pin:

Most of the things Obama’s taken heat for saying this summer fall into these two familiar patterns — attempts to find a rational common ground on controversial issues and dumb-avoidance. …

Touching both bases are Obama’s positions that 1) if people are going to ask him every day why he’s not wearing a flag pin, it’s easier to just wear the pin, for heaven’s sake, and 2) there’s nothing to be gained by getting into a fight over whether the death penalty can be imposed on child rapists.

I might add one: There’s no reason to go crazy over a washed-up, living caricature of a man suggesting that he might try to conduct some below-the-belt surgery.


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Revelations6:1-8 the for horse men
6:2 wars
6:4 killing each other
6:6 food,oil,barley
6:7-8 death and hell
Ephesians 4:14-15 not to be


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