August 29, 2009

WITH THE DEATH OF LIBERALISM AS A SET OF IDEAS...:

How will liberals react to Obama maintaining Bush-era security policies? (Ruben Navarrette Jr., 08/28/2009, San Diego Union-Tribune)

They say the older you get, the smarter your parents get. Likewise, it seems, the deeper President Barack Obama gets into his first term, the smarter President George W. Bush gets.

Hard-line liberals will never accept this. They have too much invested in the narrative of Bush-as-incompetent-dolt to make room for the possibility that the Texas Republican got one or two things right in eight years. Nor do they want to believe that the supposedly more enlightened Obama is emulating his predecessor. [...]

So what gives? Here are three options: Either Obama is learning that being president is much more difficult than running for president, or he's a bigger pragmatist than we thought, or he never really believed President Bush was as bad he made him out to be during the campaign.

And whatever brought them to this point, Obama supporters only have two options: Stand by their man, or their principles.


...principle is whatever your leader does.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2009 3:34 PM
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