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Sunday, February 24, 2008

So can we call him "Flipper" instead of "Messiah" now?

We've never quite cared for some who have dubbed Obama "Messiah," be they from the Left or the Right. In fact, we find the term rather offensive. In today's WaPo, they go over what his new name could possibly be:

1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as "special interest" money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.

2. Public financing Obama replied "yes" in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same. Obama has now attached several conditions to such an agreement, including regulating spending by outside groups. His spokesman says the candidate never committed himself on the matter.

3. The Cuba embargo In January 2004, Obama said it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." Speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."

4. Illegal immigration In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." He replied "Oppose." In a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."

5. Decriminalization of marijuana While running for the U.S. Senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other Democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.

To be equal, they also address the Hillary flip-flops, but who cares? She's done like dinner. (Is it a coincidence that Robert Novak in the WaPo is wondering who'll stage the intervention for Hillary?) But this doesn't bode well for Obama. He's been making himself out to be an agent of change, and we see that he's not. He's the same old, same old amongst politicos.

His flip-flops should be the source of the next attack launched by the McCain campaign. Obama really has nothing on McCain, in terms of attacks, because anything he cites, we conservatives can cite more. Besides, anything he does bring up in terms of "dislike" for Senator McCain would also seem like a flip-flop of sorts for him. While he wasn't around for McCain/Feingold, he was for McCain/Kennedy, and he voted to support it.

Now we all know he's going to spin this, no matter who brings it up, and claim that he's "triangulating" his position. That's bull. This isn't triangulation. This is changing one's mind to suit the reality he's facing. So, Flipper is the new name for Obama.

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