Friday, January 23, 2009

Meet the New Boss

A uniter, not a divider?

Not a good way to start. "I won"? Really? He's going to be that obvious, blunt, and, frankly, rude about his mandate?

Peggy Noonan is right:
As for Mr. Obama, some thoughts that start with a hunch. He has the kind of self-confidence that will serve him well or undo him. He has to be careful about what he wants, because he's going to get it, at least at the beginning. He claimed a lot of moderate territory in his Inaugural Address (deepen and expand our alliances, put aside debates on size of government and aim for government that is competent and constructive), but no one is certain, still, what governing philosophy guides him. He would be most unwise to rouse the sleeping giant that is American conservatism.
She suggests taking on the pro-life crowd as one way. I'd suggest comments like:
You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.
I won; I will trump you on that.
represent another way to stir the pot and reunite the currently divided conservatives.

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