July 4, 2008


Obama: Mental Distress Can't Justify Late Abortion (JIM KUHNHENN, 7/04/08, AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says "mental distress" should not qualify as a justification for late-term abortions, a key distinction not embraced by many supporters of abortion rights.

It's awfully revealing that a guy who's done and said so little still has so much to run away from before he can be a viable national candidate.

A Man of Seasonal Principles (Charles Krauthammer, 7/04/08, Real Clear Politics)

In last week's column, I thought I had thoroughly chronicled Obama's brazen reversals of position and abandonment of principles -- on public financing of campaigns, on NAFTA, on telecom immunity for post-Sept. 11 wiretaps, on unconditional talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- as he moved to the center for the general election campaign. I misjudged him. He was just getting started. [...]

Two weeks ago, I predicted that by Election Day Obama will have erased all meaningful differences with McCain on withdrawal from Iraq. I underestimated Obama's cynicism. He will make the move much sooner. He will use his upcoming Iraq trip to finally acknowledge the remarkable improvements on the ground and to formally abandon his primary season commitment to a fixed 16-month timetable for removal of all combat troops.

The shift has already begun. Yesterday, he said that his "original position" on withdrawal has always been that "we've got to make sure that our troops are safe and that Iraq is stable." And that "when I go to Iraq . . . I'll have more information and will continue to refine my policies."

He hasn't even gone to Iraq and the flip is almost complete. All that's left to say is that the 16-month time frame remains his goal but that he will, of course, take into account the situation on the ground and the recommendation of his generals in deciding whether the withdrawal is to occur later or even sooner.


And with that, the Obama of the primaries, the Obama with last year's most liberal voting record in the Senate, will have disappeared into the collective memory hole.

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Posted by at July 4, 2008 11:57 AM

Let's hope he doesn't totally alienate the Left before Labor Day. Hillary is still circling overhead, expecting dead meat.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 4, 2008 12:26 PM

As far as the mental health exception is concerned, it's impossible to tell whether this new position means that Obama is dumb, cynical or unprincipled, although I doubt that he's dumb. Without the mental health exception, there are no late term abortions, which are never necessary to protect the life or physical health of the mother.

Posted by: Ibid at July 4, 2008 1:22 PM

Was he lying then or is he lying now?

Not for one second may we forget that the truth means less than nothing to a Marxist. If Effendi Obama tells us that the sun rose this morning, we must go to the window.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 4, 2008 2:39 PM

The flip flops and gaffes are obvious to us. But will the MSM and die-hard lefties, so eager to take back the WH, forgive all this and support him in record numbers anyway? The MSM will be whitewashing as fast as they furiously can

Posted by: AWW at July 4, 2008 3:29 PM

The MSM turned on him the moment he double-crossed them on campaign financing. That's their litmus test.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 4, 2008 3:44 PM

How dare you to suggest that our flexible and pragmatic Beloved leader should be encumbered with mundane things like principles? Let's fall in line and support our newest Man of All Seasons and his Seasonal Changes that We Can Believe In.

Posted by: ic at July 4, 2008 4:58 PM
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