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Obama a Centrist? Like I'm a Liberal


I am far less convinced than many that Barack Obama will be a centrist in office. Despite his announced future Cabinet appointees, I find it amazing that people are so willing to believe he'll change his stripes that fast.

Just what about Obama's very liberal voting record to date causes one to believe he'll be any different as president? I could see an aspiring presidential candidate establishing a centrist legislative record in the state and federal senates to make himself more electable as president, but not the other way around.

There's another red flag that should give pause to those hoping against hope — pun intended — that Obama will indeed govern as a centrist. The very liberal mainstream media are giving Obama nothing but plaudits for his presumed centrist appointments. If they truly believed he had changed his governing philosophy, they would be anything but sanguine.

Even the far-left blogosphere has not thrown in the towel yet. They're not ecstatic, but I think deep down, they know they have a fellow traveler about to take the oath of office. As one writer for the liberal Huffington Post put it, "He will be the president we want him to be."

Also, just because this or that appointee was in the Clinton administration does not mean Obama is a centrist. The media have whitewashed any liberalism associated with the Clintons and portrayed them as committed moderates.

How easily we forget that Bill Clinton had to be dragged kicking and screaming to sign welfare reform after rejecting it twice. How readily we ignore his liberal judicial appointments, not only the high-profile Supreme Court justices but also lower-level judges across the board who greatly impact American jurisprudence.

How quickly we give Clinton a pass for deliberately gutting the military he loathed while ignoring a terrorist threat he barely recognized — a weakened military President Bush had to rebuild while taking the heat for the necessary expenditures. How mindlessly we credit Clinton for balancing the budget, when if he'd had his way and had not been checked by the Gingrich Congress, he wouldn't have come close to achieving that to which he never even aspired.

How casually we overlook that Bill and Hillary tried to impose socialized medicine on this nation — an act of such procedural and substantive overreaching that it contributed to major congressional losses for Democrats.

How foolishly we excuse Clinton for refining the art of class warfare in the modern era by falsely depicting President Reagan's across-the board-tax cuts as skewed to the wealthy and demonizing the greatest period of peacetime growth under Reagan as the "decade of greed."

But even if the Obama appointees seem more centrist than expected, we must recognize that Obama will be the boss, not the individuals in his Cabinet. People are raving about Obama choosing Robert Gates to continue as defense secretary, but they forget that when Bush chose him, many of us were surprised because Gates was in the "Iraq Surrender Group," which had sharply criticized Bush's policies in Iraq. But Bush did not soften his policies just because Gates came on board. He followed his own counsel, just as we should expect will be the case with Obama.

You should note that President Bush received no accolades from the press for choosing centrists such as Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. In Bush's case, it was just assumed they would do his bidding and not the other way around.

Even if I'm completely wrong about Obama's appointments, I believe it is exceedingly premature to conclude that Obama will govern as a centrist.

I just wonder what some of the people now rushing to applaud Obama as a centrist will say if and when he tries to: implement nationalized health care; drastically disarm our nuclear capacity — unilaterally; sign into law card-check legislation, which would permit unions to undo secret balloting; appoint very left-wing activist judges; close Gitmo and relax our tough interrogation techniques; further open our borders to illegals; inaugurate a gargantuan "new" New Deal upward of $1 trillion in forced government spending, euphemized as a stimulus package; impose Draconian measures against our economy and liberties under the pretense of ameliorating man-made global warming; or radically alter the tax code to punish the "wealthy."

The liberals inside and outside the mainstream media will say he had to do it to get us out of the economic doldrums, which will be a lie. What will you conservatives say?

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His book "Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party" was released recently in paperback. To find out more about David Limbaugh, please visit his Web site at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... What is the problem??? Are you worried that Mr. Obama will lead to the center or that he will lead to success??? You have helped to set the ambiance of extremes, so no person can get elected without his or her base; but good government is not made of extremes, no more than a good life is made of extremes... My question to you would be: What choice does Mr. Obama have in foreign policy but to hang to the center??? We have seen Mr. Bush with all the political accumen of a local leroy handing out speeding tickets... Even he could do no more than the democrats in congress allowed... If we are in trouble now, it is because the democrats went along to avoid the inevitable contumely that would follow from not walking blindly into war... It is not that republicans learn the hard way...They learn nothing...There are republicans who still think we have a military after the military has been tied up and beaten up and used up for years... But what ever the situation, there can be no expectation that the republicans will go along just because the democrats went along, -that they will do what is right, or do what is smart for the nation, that they will do other than play partisan... Now, what kind of leadership can we expect from the democrats when they could not come out and stand their ground, and call the republicans traiters and fools for sticking us in Afghanistan, and Iraq... Aren't these people supposed to be educated??? What did they read to justify making war on a people who have never stayed defeated???It was stupid, and gutless of the democrats to go along with it...But the republicans will not go along, and cannot be counted on to go along, and will obstruct even if it sinks the whole nation, because they are a party of ideologues... So, in foreign policy, if Mr. Obama expects any progress he is going to have to lead right, and also have people to make a credible argument to the right, even if it means going around the congress... As far as your concerns for the court... Don't worry...Everyone in that business is poisoned by money... The whole trade has been poisoned by the federalist society nonsense... It is not only a problem of finding liberals who will not be swayed by their own millions, but any one who can be both an attorney and liberal... Law is the most backward looking trade in the nation... Look at people like Thomas; who thinks he is a nascar hillbilly in a camper... Do you think anyone sees him as more than a reactionary nword???The more ideological and reactionary the court becomes, the sooner it will lose all credibility, and since they are the most powerful branch of government, making the laws, and pronouncing on the impotence of congress, what choice has the people but to sweep all away??? They do not ensure justice...They legalize injustice, and a few so called liberals on the court are not going to change that fact...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Dec 2, 2008 4:32 AM
no, you are an idiot and propagandistic liar
Comment: #2
Posted by: sashal
Thu Dec 4, 2008 5:20 AM
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