A “central” delusion

October 31st, 2008

A friend of mine who is going to vote for Barack Obama said to me that a President Obama would “govern from the center.”

I don’t know where this “govern from the center” line is coming from.

You even hear it coming from Conservative newspapers and pundits who have endorsed Obama.

I’ve never heard Obama say he’s going to govern from the center.

His voting record in the Senate is far left.

If he wins, discount viagra cialis his party will be in control of the executive AND legislative branches.

What possible reason would he have to “govern from the center”?

I’m telling you right now that if Obama wins he will NOT govern from the center. He’ll claim a mandate to “change” America. That change will take the form of a boatload of leftist policies that most of his supporters will be thrilled by and all of the folks who somehow think the office will transform the man will be shocked by.

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  • 1. Nick  |  October 31st, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I can actually see the argument both ways. When Clinton was elected to the White House, his first two years were with a Democratic Congress, and compared to the first 6 years of Bush with a Republican Congress, he was very restrained.

    The argument made is that Democrats in Congress felt restrained, in order to avoid a backlash. Now then, you could make a good argument that they won’t feel the need to be restrained a second time around…

  • 2. elliot  |  October 31st, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Clinton was a centrist to start with. I’m not a fan of the man, but he was always going to be a more centrist President than Obama would ever want to be.

    Clinton believed Democrats had to embrace a Third Way to win and keep power.

    Obama is proving that they don’t.

    And honestly, I don’t think he should be. I’m not a believer in bipartisanship. The whole point of an election is choosing between contrasting approaches. If Obama wins, he SHOULD govern in accordance with his beliefs.

    My problem is with all the people who somehow think he’ll suddenly become a “centrist” after finally achieving the power to effect the direction of the country.

  • 3. Alexander  |  October 31st, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I think he meant “center” of the pulpit…

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