Obama Abandons the Left
(The American Conservative) -- by Patrick J. Buchanan --
The day that President Obama departed for Arizona to address the nation on the Tucson massacre, Washington was abuzz.
Would he take the line of the hard left and call out the right for having created what columnist Paul Krugman called the “Climate of Hate” in which a mentally deranged Jared Lee Loughner had acted?
Would he lay moral responsibility for the slaughter at the feet of Fox News and Sarah Palin, as the wilder voices of the left have been doing nonstop since Saturday’s shocking news?
Obama did the opposite, admonishing his allies as well as critics, “at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Again and again, he returned to the theme. “Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath...
By rising above “politics and point-scoring and partisanship” in Tucson, the president has recaptured some of the luster he had lost since that January two years ago.
The speech in Tucson confirms what seemed a month ago to be a conscious decision by the president to effect a course correction in his presidency after the “shellacking” in November.
The decisive moment came when the left was loudly demanding that he fight to the last ditch for repeal of the “Bush tax cuts for the rich,” even if it meant the lame-duck session of Congress ended in a dead-duck session.
Instead, recognizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Republicans not only had the votes but the will to block any action in the Senate before the GOP took over the House in January, Obama shoved aside Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and moved to cut a deal with the GOP...
In short, by shouldering Pelosi and Reid aside and taking charge of negotiations with the Republicans himself, Obama not only won a string of victories, he proved bipartisan government could work.
Since then, he has been on a steady ascent in the polls. And, in his choice of new aides like Chicago’s William Daley, brother of the mayor and son of the legend, Obama has signaled that after an era of confrontation on Capitol Hill comes an era of negotiation.
What does this mean for Democrats?
The left wing of the party, for the immediate future, is going to be the “dummy” at the bridge table. Obama is going to play every hand. For this president has been jolted into an awareness that, today, if not in 2008, this is a center-right country, and he and his party have drifted dangerously far out of the mainstream. He is now paddling his own canoe back to the middle of the river, leaving the left up the creek.
What does it mean for Republicans?
They will not be running in 2012 against a cookie-cutter liberal. For while Sen. Obama may have compiled a voting record to the left of Socialist Bernie Sanders’, this, recall, is a fellow who voted “present” over 100 times on controversial issues in the Illinois Senate.
This is no true believer. This is a survivor. This is a fellow with an almost Nixonian capacity for maneuver...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Obama’s job #1 has always been to enable the plundering of America by his statist-oligarch and Wall Street liberal-capitalist overlords, and to advance the authoritarian power of statist leviathan government programs (e.g. the TSA goon squads) to get it done with minimal resistance. He’s playing the role deftly, going as far left as possible without going too far because the status-quo is accomplishing the plundering of America magnificently.
Liberals are the perfect dupes for this kind of nation-plundering agenda, because they are children who demand national political energy go to narcissistic social programs like gay marriage and perpetual welfare, their “human rights” wing demands open borders (which drives down the price of labor for Wall Street and fattens the U.S. consumer market for maximum short-term profit), their environmental wing actually WANTS to put an end to American industry because it seems “dirty” for the environment, which enables Wall Street to ship jobs overseas for cheap labor, again with minimal resistance, and their left-wing clings to childish Marxist delusions of one-world utopianism, which fits in nicely with the Wall Street globalist agenda.
All of this makes left-liberals, liberals and even “moderates” lambs to slaughter for “survivors” like Obama, who works for an unpatriotic, bloodless elite that couldn’t care less about the fate of America beyond their own power and monetary status, and perhaps actually WANT to see it destroyed due to their own psychological arrested development.
Thank God for the tea party movement, which soldiers on despite everything the corrupt, narcissistic, unpatriotic, nation-destroying liberal-Establishment throws at it.