Posted by PrestoPundit on 06/11/2008

Robert Samuelson explains why.  Quotable:

any feel-good fallout from electing Obama would soon fade .. The
reason is that his campaign is itself a contradiction.

On the one hand, he projects himself as the great conciliator. He
uses the metaphor of his race to argue that he is uniquely suited to
bridge differences between liberals and conservatives, young and old,
rich and poor — to craft a new centrist politics. On the other hand,
his actual agenda is highly partisan and undermines many of his stated
goals. He wants to stimulate economic growth, but his hostility toward
trade agreements threatens export-led growth (which is now beginning).
He advocates greater energy independence but pretends this can occur
without more domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

All this reflects Obama’s legislative record. From 2005 to 2007, he voted with his party 97 percent of the time ..


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