April 2, 2008

YEAH, BUT WHAT IF WE USE AN UNREASONABLE STANDARD?:

Obama and the 'L' Word (PETER WEHNER, April 2, 2008, Wall Street Journal)

The problem is that, by any reasonable standard, Mr. Obama is an orthodox liberal.

National Journal rated him as the most liberal person in the Senate in 2007, and for good reason. On economic policy, Mr. Obama favors higher income, Social Security and corporate taxes. He supports massive increases in domestic spending and greater government regulation of the economy. He favors a significantly larger role for the federal government in health care. He opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr. Obama has criticized the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a partial birth abortion ban, and he wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. In Illinois, Mr. Obama supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. And he supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

On national security matters, Mr. Obama voted to deny legal immunity to telecom companies that have cooperated with the government in warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists. He wants to grant habeas corpus rights to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. He supports a full-scale withdrawal from Iraq. And he says, in his first year in office, he would meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea without preconditions.

It's no wonder that Mr. Obama has been endorsed by Moveon.org – one of the most radical groups within the liberal universe.

Adding to Mr. Obama's problems is his close association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose anti-American rantings are the kind of thing routinely said by the far left.


It's like Bill Clinton never existed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 2, 2008 7:51 AM
Comments

OJ, the hard left has wanted to throw Bill Clinton down the memory hole since the anti-globalization protests in Seattle in 1999.

Posted by: ratbert at April 2, 2008 10:56 PM

Probably longer than that. The professional Left was quite upset that Clinton folded on Lani Guinier, welfare reform, and when he attacked Serbia. People like Robert Reich were already shaking their heads about Clinton even before 1996, but once he became suddenly vulnerable (after Monica), they closed ranks.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 3, 2008 7:15 AM
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