Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Is This A Joke?

I think somebody must have put David Brooks up to writing his column today:
Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget “contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal."
Seriously? Who, exactly, did he think Barack Obama was? Did he just accept that a guy who says "I believe in hope and change and that we need to move past partisan squabbling" must be a moderate because he implied he was? Even though his record (however little it was) showed nothing but radical liberalism?

As someone wise just pointed out to me, John McCain must be losing his mind—this is precisely what he spent the last month of the campaign trying to tell people.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not sure McCain would be doing any better in Obama's shoes. But at least people weren't fooled into believing he was something he wasn't. How many people are waking up across this country right now wondering what they've done, as David Brooks is?

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