For most the political blogsphere the last couple of weeks have been a shock because of the actions and policy positions we now hear from the presumptive nominee Barack Obama.
So to say it’s been more than a little amusing to see hard core Obama supporters either surprised, moved to pull back a little from their candidate, as well as criticize their candidate on being exactly what his record reveals, is an understatement. For political analysts like me, this is the Obama I’ve come to know after covering him for 18 months, so I’m not surprised, disappointed or excited. He is revealing himself to be the exact person I covered, warts and all, but no less real. But you have to have at least some compassion for the folks who got suckered; believing that Obama really was going to offer a “different type of politics,” which I guess is true if you count no ideology at all being new, because in a way it is.
No doubt more activist liberals will fret and moan over Obama’s “moving to the center” or “moving to the middle,” pick your cliché, but it’s not going to phase the Democratic nominee. This is who he is.
Can’t wait until Obama drops his vice presidential bomb. [emphasis mine] People like me believe Hillary is the strongest choice, but that’s not likely to happen. If recent activities tell us anything, which they do if you’ve been paying attention, it’s likely that Obama’s core supporters will be in for another rude awakening.
Comment: I was busy writing about Hillary Clinton and didn’t study the details of Obama’s positions. As I’ve said here many times, I think the guy is an empty shirt.
Since I didn’t take the time, however, to truly understand his positions perhaps I missed understanding that the man isn’t an empty shirt but is a shirt filled with many things I don’t like in a Democrat. Perhaps all of that was covered up by his brilliant oratorical and organizational skills. I’m not sure that is true. I hope it is not.
I hope he’s really a Democrat with core Democratic values. Time will tell and if he leaves Denver with the nomination I’ll vote for him. The alternative is just too destructive to the Constitution to even be considered.