“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.”
Right, I’m no dumb ass. I bet my mother that this dude, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post was a frigging Hilz sucker honey. You know one of those militant Hilary fans that are OBSESSED with her. And by god was Hilz full of shit….but Bamz, I can’t help but begrudgingly agree with what this dude has to say.
All Obama seems to do is back peddle…or seem inconsistent or not stick with one line of thought. It’s like you know that say one thing to all people….? That sounds like O but then on the other end of the scale, you have someone like Bush who still swears till he is blue in the frigging face that Iraq DID have ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’!?
And both are fucked up stances to take as politicians. Yes, you have to seem stoic and staid but there’s a fine line with being foolish….
I’m not naive-I didn’t think that he was any better morally then Hilary AT ALL but her egotism and haughtiness got the better of her and she lost. Simple.
It was a game and her strategy was just not thought out…
“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.
Obama’s strategy is obvious. The country is in a deep malaise and eager for change. He and his party already have the advantage on economic and domestic issues. Obama, therefore, aims to clear the deck by moving rapidly to the center in those areas where he and his party are weakest, namely national security and the broader cultural issues. With these — and, most important, his war-losing Iraq policy — out of the way, the election will be decided on charisma and persona. In this corner: the young sleek cool hip elegant challenger. In the other corner: the old guy. No contest.
After all, that’s how he beat Hillary. She originally ran as a centrist, expecting her nomination to be a mere coronation. At the first sign of serious opposition, however, she panicked and veered left. It was a fatal error. It eliminated all significant ideological and policy differences with Obama — her desperate attempts to magnify their minuscule disagreement on health-care universality became almost comical — making the contest entirely one of personality. No contest.
As Obama assiduously obliterates all differences with McCain on national security and social issues, he remains rightly confident that Bush fatigue, the lousy economy and his own charisma — he is easily the most dazzling political personality since John Kennedy — will carry him to the White House.
Of course, once he gets there he will have to figure out what he really believes. The conventional liberal/populist stuff he campaigned on during the primaries? Or the reversals he is so artfully offering up now?
I have no idea. Do you? Does he?”
Anyways-what surprises me is the turnaround in O showing his true colours per se….he may be trying to get the white working class vote and a bit of the white republicans but be careful….Hilz ardent supporters in the media will do ANYTHING to make sure John McCain gets the vote.
That’s how frigging petty that they are. Sack your publicists dude!