Monday, December 01, 2008
Over the weekend I told my brother-in-law (yes, another damn lib in the family) that Obama IS far left regardless of his campaign or his cabinet choices. That fact was not manufactured by the "divisive right" (his contention), but has been evidenced by his own words in both speeches and his books...and in his minimal voting record.
If indeed his recent induction into the "real word" (meeting with the NSA, FBI, CIA etc.) has prompted him more to the middle then more power to him.
As I have said here before, I will show more respect than has been shown for "My President" (though I'm thinking a lawsuit for taxation without representation in light of the total Dem control might be in order). I will not buy an 'Impeach Obama' sticker unless he passes card Check or the Fairness Doctrine --as both infringe on the Constitution of this United States of America.
So, I wanted to hear what you all think about the (latest three appointments:
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Gen. Jim Jones, National Security Adviser
"...A coalition of liberal groups is planning to set up tents in January near Obama’s home in Hyde Park, Chicago, in the hope that their presence will “remind” the president-elect of his promises.
While many Democrats hope that Obama will reassure them once he gets into office, Jodie Evans, a well-known activist, told the Politico website last week that the president-elect was already “violating the people’s mandate”. Nor have Democrats been encouraged by Republican applause for the president-elect’s appointments. Max Boot, a foreign policy adviser to Senator John McCain, said last week he had previously been sceptical[sic] of Obama’s “moderate posturing”, but had been “gob-smacked” by an Obama team that was “stunning in its moderation”. Boot added: “Most of these appointments could just as easily have come from a President McCain.”
Most dispiriting of all for devotees of Obama’s mantra of “change” was a qualified thumbs up from Karl Rove, the Machiavellian mastermind behind Bush’s election victories. Rove declared that Obama’s economic team was “reassuring”, and that “he has generally surrounded himself with intelligent mainstream advisers”. One Democratic strategist noted, not entirely facetiously: “If Rove likes us, we must be in trouble.” (source)
Obama's base seems pissed and the right is still stinging and will remain cautious regardless of his appointments... Could the first pedals have fallen from the bloom this soon?