First, the beginning of Charles Krauthammer’s column today; then my comments below the star line.
Krauthammer begins - - -
"To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."
-- Obama spokesman Bill Burton, Oct. 24, 2007
That was then: Democratic primaries to be won, netroot lefties to be seduced. With all that (and Hillary Clinton) out of the way, Obama now says he'll vote in favor of the new FISA bill that gives the telecom companies blanket immunity for post-Sept. 11 eavesdropping.
Back then, in the yesteryear of primary season, he thoroughly trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement, pledging to force a renegotiation, take "the hammer" to Canada and Mexico and threaten unilateral abrogation.
Today the hammer is holstered. Obama calls his previous NAFTA rhetoric "overheated" and essentially endorses what one of his senior economic advisers privately told the Canadians: The anti-trade stuff was nothing more than populist posturing.
Nor is there much left of his primary season pledge to meet "without preconditions" with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There will be "preparations," you see, which are being spun by his aides into the functional equivalent of preconditions.
Obama's long march to the center has begun.
The rest of Krauthammer’s column is here.
Senator Obama’s supporters seem to be taking his contradictions and reversals of things he’s previously said in stride. It’s as if they expect him to be duplicitous even on some of the most important matters in his life and in public governance.
So they’re not upset he said he could no more disown Rev. Wright than he could “disown the black community” just a few weeks before he disowned Wright. Not even the black community’s upset.
Obamaites who a few months ago hailed Obama’s pledge to use public financing of his presidential campaign so he wouldn’t be beholding to special interests now cheer Obama’s decision to take hundreds of millions from those special interests.
And on it goes.
Obama’s supporters remind me of those Duke professors who supported for more than a year Mike Nifong and his transparent frame-up attempt.
Like Obama’s supporters , each time Nifong flip-flopped his supporters continued to cheer him on. DNA would prove who was guilty and who was innocent. But wait! That was last week. This week its “they used condoms.” Well, whatever it takes to keep Mike going.
It’s the same with Obama.
Krauthammer ends his column with:
Not a flinch. Not a flicker. Not a hint of shame. By the time he's finished, Obama will have made the Clintons look scrupulous.Make the Clintons look scrupulous?
A year ago – even three months ago – I wouldn’t have believed that possible.
But now? Who knows?
They say Obama can do things no other Chicago politician’s ever done.
If Obama can sit in Wright’s church for 20 years without hearing Wright’s racism and anti-Americanism, maybe he really can make the Clintons look scrupulous.
What do Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton think? And are they next in line for makeovers?