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Neville's Note: Barack Obama's campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq.
After Bush announced his "surge" plan on Jan. 10, 2007, Obama argued it could make the situation worse by taking pressure
off Iraqis to find a political solution to the fighting. By the early part of this year, though, Obama was acknowledging
that it had improved security and reduced violence, but he has stuck by his opposition to the move.
In a recent spate of "I'm moving to the center" flips Obama announced that he was refining his position on a timetable. However, after a storm of anger from his base Obama flopped back and said
withdrawal was the centerpiece of his Iraq strategy.
GOP rival John McCain zinged Obama as a flip-flopper. "The major point here is that Sen. Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong," said McCain, adding that Obama "refuses to acknowledge that it [the surge] is succeeding."
So Obama is locked into withdrawal as policy on the eve of his trip to Iraq no matter what the generals may tell him regarding the success of the surge and the situation on the ground
By The Neville Awards
Posted July 8, 2008
So Obama's a centrist now. He's tap-dancing as fast as he can away from his past...no leftist sacred cow is sacred.
After throwing all of his Chicago political "mafia" pals, from Reverend Wright, Tony Rezco, William Ayers, Father Pfleger to his grandmother, under the bus he's now rewriting his policy resume.
So as with Michelle's warm and fuzzy makeover on the "The View" we now have "Terror Warrior" Barack. He doesn't mess around.
Here's are the flip-flops over the last few months:
Ironically the only policy positions Obama hasn't flipped on are his desire to soak the rich and the middle class with higher taxes to pay for all of his social experimentation programs and national health care initiatives.
- Campaign aid Samantha Power was fired after calling Hillary a "monster" and suggesting Barack's Iraq timetable was not set in concrete.
- Campaign aid Robert Malley was fired for having talked to Hamas, though that was his portfolio at a think tank for conflict resolution.
- Barack threw pastor Wright to the wolves. Obama said he could no more repudiate his church than his family. However when it became politically expedient Barack severed all ties to Trinity United.
- Barack has spoken of how he cringed at the racist reaction of his white grandmother after she was accosted by a black man on a bus. Grandma has now been rehabilitated in a new ad as the loving woman who inculcated good old Kansas values into little Barack.
- When campaign aid Gen. Wesley Clark impugned John McCain's war service as not qualifying him to be president the shit hit the fan. Gen. Wesley is now no more.
- One of the few Senate voices to sympathize with the Palestinians, Barack's address to the Israeli lobby AIPAC sounded like he was going through gum surgery without novocain.
- Barack is now down with the Supreme Court's Second Amendment affirmation of the right to a handgun.
- When Justice Scalia said the court ought not to have taken away Louisiana's right to execute child rapists, Barack was down with executions.
- Barack is now down with the FISA legislation giving the telecoms immunity from prosecution for aiding the Bush administration in wiretapping citizens.
- Fearing it might cost him his huge money-raising advantage over McCain, Barack backed away from campaign finance reform.
- In Ohio, Barack was an opponent of NAFTA...now he is a globalist free-trader. Yet when campaign aid Austan Goolsbee told the Canadians the same thing, Barack booted him.
- As July 4 approached, Barack gratuitously dissed the MoveOn.org loons for their "General Betray Us" ad mocking Gen. David Petraeus.
- And how about that "substitute ... for real patriotism"? The flag pin is back on his lapel.
- Barack has said that, after he meets with Petraeus and the field commanders in Iraq, he might "refine" his commitment to withdraw all U.S. combat brigades within 16 months.
- And finally, Obama has got religion...he has co-opted President Bush's faith-based initiatives and claimed them as his own.
Obama would not be the first politician to tack to the center after the primary silly season. But this goes way beyond some fine tuning of the "change and hope" message. These are wholesale policy changes in an effort to get the Reagan Democrats, the angry Hillary
voters and possibly some dissafected conservatives.
Medea Benjamine of the Communist front group "Code Pink" has already stated her intention to vote for Ralph Nader. The MoveOn/DailyKos crowd are going nuts as well. This has always been the fundamental problem for the Party
of Defeat...stay on the left and you lose the center....drift to the center and you piss off the left.
Many of his positions are now contrary to long-held anti-war mantras of Senate and House Democrats, particlularly the FISA legislation and the "refined" Iraq policy. Will it work?
We at The Neville Awards certainly hope not. Obama is a lightweight, with barely 3 years in national government, most of the time spent running for president. He is the teflon candidate, being given a free ride by a media machine that is
uncritically in love with him. He is a warm and fuzzy demagogue creating a a cult of personality and drunk on his own rhetoric.
As with Michelle's new summer dress and attitude makeover are we just dumb enough to buy it?
Perhaps Dick Morris says it best:
OBAMA WOULD, IN FACT, GOVERN FROM THE LEFT
By DICK MORRIS
Published on TheHill.com on July 8, 2008.
The list of issues on which Barack Obama has flipped now that the primaries are over is long and growing rapidly.
But so extensive a list of flip-flops, all in the past few weeks, begs the basic question: Was he lying before when he was a liberal, or is he prevaricating now?
- He says he believes in a Second Amendment right to bear arms.
- He now opposes late-term abortion.
- He suddenly is a devotee of using faith-based institutions to deliver public services.
- He now says that he wonít raise Social Security taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. In the primary, he said heíd eliminate the threshold entirely, including on people making as little as $100,000.
- He recently opposed the Fairness Doctrine for talk radio.
- Now he says heís going to consult with the military before pulling out of Iraq.
Even if Obama means what he is saying as he moves to the center trying to win the general election, the fact is that he will be forced to move very far to the left should he become president, forced by the liberals in his own party.
If Obama wins, itís more than likely that he will take office with a Congress filled with Democrats and liberals. Most probably, the Senate will have at least 55 Democrats (including pickups in Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, New Hampshire and Alaska). And there might be as many as 62 (possible Democratic pickups include Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Kentucky, Texas, Kansas and North Carolina). The House will, of course, be solidly in Democratic control.
Faced with the same situation in 1993, as he took office as president, Bill Clinton found no alternative but to move dramatically to the left, shelving for the moment his promises of a middle-class tax cut and welfare reform. He had no choice. The Democratic majorities in both Houses served him with notice: Either you stay within the caucus and not cross the aisle in search of support for centrist policies, or we will do unto you what we did to Jimmy Carter when Tip OíNeill turned on him and made his life miserable. Clinton was forced to emphasize healthcare reform over welfare changes and to go with a liberal economic stimulus package capped by big tax increases. The liberal stain sank so deeply into the fabric of his presidency that it caused him to lose Congress in 1994, and almost to lose the 1996 election.
It will be the same with Obama. On all of his basic issues, the Democrats in Congress will hold his feet to the fire and make him govern to the left. On his signature issue of Iraq, he may find himself with a war already won, a democracy already stable and a problem already solved. Nevertheless, he will be forced to rip the scab from the wound and set it bleeding again by bringing our troops home prematurely. His healthcare proposals will be forced far to the left until they amount to a government takeover of the healthcare system. Obama will not be able to govern from the center. His party wonít let him do it.
Ultimately, Bill Clintonís congressional supporters became his jailers and he morphed from their leader into their hostage. Dependent on every last Democrat to pass legislation in the House and to prevail over a filibuster in the Senate, he found himself pushed further and further to the left until, he told me, "I donít even recognize myself." He had to lade his economic and anti-crime package with pork to satisfy urban congressmen and to win their support of a bill that included a federal death penalty.
Obama will not be able to help himself. The Democratic majority in Congress wonít settle for triangulation. They will make the Obama of November into a liar and the Obama of the primaries into an honest man.