For Obama, It’s Down and to the Right
Posted on Aug 21, 2008
John McCain has spent a small fortune trying to convince voters that Barack Obama is an out-of-touch celebrity (a tactic that appears to be working), but columnist Dave Lindorff argues that Obama’s dip in the polls is actually the result of his march to the right, much like the last two Democratic losers.
Dave Lindorff in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Like John Kerry and Al Gore before him, Obama, after winning the primaries as an anti-war liberal, has gone Republican-lite. First pledging unquestioning support for Israeli intransigence, he has subsequently threatened to attack Iran, to put more troops in Afghanistan, has backed away from genuine health-care reform and other progressive domestic goals, and even supports warrantless domestic spying.
You would think, having watched Democratic presidential candidates Kerry and Gore blow two elections for the party, Obama would have tried something different. Sadly though, he and Democratic Party leaders seem hopelessly in thrall to powerbrokers who favor war, free-market nostrums and corporate welfare.