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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"He's a calculating politician," says Senator Lindsey Graham,

interesting article on Time Magazine Online (yes TIME magazine) about Obama's move to the middle...will it work? I sure hope not, I get cold severs at night thinking about Obama as President.....John McCain is trying to take the halo off Barack Obama and portray him as a typical flip-flopping politician.

"He's a calculating politician," Senator Lindsey Graham, a top McCain ally, says of Obama in a typical remark. Obama is making the Republicans' work easy. He is changing position after position, at the cost of sullying his reputation as a man who wants to change politics as usual. The candidates' strategies dovetail perfectly — which means one of them is making a big mistake....In recent weeks Obama has abandoned or downplayed his previous commitments on wiretaps, the pace of withdrawals from Iraq, trade with Mexico and Canada, guns, and the funding of his campaign. In most of these cases he has been moving to the center. In all of them he is taking the position most advantageous for his campaign in the fall. Left-wing bloggers, notably Arianna Huffington, have been screaming in cyberspace. ...McCain, meanwhile, has hit on his campaign theme: "country first." The idea is that he puts the national interest above his personal ambitions, unlike certain Democratic presidential nominees. An attack on Obama's convenient flip-flops is an important part of that story. A Republican spokesman says, "There appears to be no issue that Barack Obama is not willing to reverse himself on for the sake of political expedience." ..The obvious risk of McCain's gambit is that it will remind people of his own flip-flops. He used to oppose extending the Bush tax cuts, but now favors it. He used to oppose offshore drilling, but changed his mind. His list of reversals, like Obama's, goes on. ...There are subtler risks as well. Earlier this year, Republicans seemed to have settled on the view that Obama was a committed left-winger. On social issues, they said, he made John Kerry look like a conservative. Kerry had encouraged states to pass constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Obama opposes such bans. But Republicans cannot make the case that Obama is a dangerous radical at the same time they claim that he believes in nothing except getting elected. ...


Read Here: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1820727,00.html

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