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Monday, December 8, 2008

Obama is learning you can't appease the unappeasable

From Politico:

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices....Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.....Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.....“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it's all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.....OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn't there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?” ....Even supporters make clear they’re on the lookout for backsliding. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future. ....Obama insists he hasn’t abandoned the goals that made him feel to some like a liberal savior. But the left’s bill of particulars against Obama is long, and growing....Obama drew rousing applause at campaign events when he vowed to tax the windfall profits of oil companies. As president-elect, Obama says he won’t enact the tax. ...Obama’s pledge to repeal the Bush tax cuts and redistribute that money to the middle class made him a hero among Democrats who said the cuts favored the wealthy. But now he’s struck a more cautious stance on rolling back tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year, signaling he’ll merely let them expire as scheduled at the end of 2010.

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Tom Sanchez Prunier said...

Despite some nonjournalistic conclusion-drawing, this has got to be good news for conservatives, right?

I voted for Obama and skew Democrat (read: not liberal), but believe his choices are good ones to date. As for policy, I think I'd wait until he's in office and enacts something before you attack it.

Still, Obama is smart enough to know that almost half the country did not vote for him, and he wants them to have a voice. Good things abound.

I hope you realize that, and didn't publish this to cast Obama as a liar.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

Tom this post really has less to do with Obama than it does with the liberal people that voted for him, want everything promised them right now and are actually criticizing the guy before he even takes office...... Obama is going to have a hard time making those people happy no matter what he does and they are monster’s his campaign created. As Obama shifts more to the center to actually get something done, [even] you have to realize that he will make his base mad because the “change” is not coming fast enough or a substantial as the campaign implied.....the change he promised is not found in the centre but in the extremes...which is a hard place to govern from.

Anonymous said...

Sure the country is not a center-right nation, yeah right. The picks demonstrate that even Obama's advisors have a least a little sense of reality. Everytime the pundits get up there and say we are not center-right Obama moves closer by picking those that are moderate. Fascinating isn't it.