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Tacking to the Center

January 24, 2011

Ever since the November election, pundits have been speculating whether Obama would try to emulate Clinton after 1994 and tack to the center. With the more radical Emmanuel replaced by Daley, swap-outs of economic advisers, and Obama himself saying he wants to work “on overdrive” creating jobs, it looks as though he has finally gotten the message. His poll numbers are up.

But has he? There’s an African saying: the leopard does not change his spots. Neither does the hyena.

A football analogy might be in order. In 2008, the Obama administration brought in the first team, the offense, the most radical socialists and communists possible. These were people who supported and worked with him for years and, I think, reflect who he is and what his true political leanings are. They were brought in on the offense to pass the jewel  in the crown of socialism, nationalized health care. The socialist left had learned from their defeat of Hillarycare in 1992-3. They scored.

Having succeeded where Clinton failed, it is now time to play defense. Having scored the big play, now they aim to keep the conservatives elected in 2010 in check by bringing on the defense. They now want to look like moderates. We’ve seen this all before. Never forget: they’re still the same team. They’re running the same plays they ran almost twenty years ago. And they have the same goal, made even more plain today than it was then: to transform our republic into a socialist nanny-state.

This hyena has not changed his spots–he has just camouflaged them. Remember the millions of jobs “created or saved?” The only jobs targeted for saving were union or government jobs and the so-called green jobs were never created. Now he speaks of bringing manufacturing jobs back to America: in short, union jobs. This won’t happen either. We have progressed beyond the age of industrialization; it’s ironic that those who call themselves progressives should looking back to the 19th century.

The very phrase “tacking to the center” evokes the sailing technique of tacking, which is a way of making forward progress in the face of unfavorable winds. But just as in playing football defense the goal of winning the game doesn’t change, tacking doesn’t change the overall destination of the ship, only the immediate course.

Fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice, shame on me.

  1. January 24, 2011 9:49 am

    Exacly, Al. This moderate BS is the fraud this scumbag used to get elected. He fooled lots of fools. But even Fox is pretending this is a real shift to the center.

    It will be interesting to see what the establishment GOP does about serious budget cutting, if anything, over the next two years.

    • January 25, 2011 9:57 pm

      Actually, I thought Bill O’Reilly was a bit uncharacteristically skeptical of him Monday night.

      But I fully agree with you on the budget cutting: there are those who are really serious about it and if they succeed, Dick Morris says we can beat BHO in 2012. It remains to be seen whether they have the nerve to carry it out.

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