On Oct 15th, I wrote the following about Barack Obama…
He’s just a new old-school Chicago politician. Sure he has associated with Ayers and Wright, but he’s obviously not a terrorist or a racist. He’s simply too bright. But O is tough…
Read that, “The ‘Loony Left’ and the “Hard Right” are both going to be surprised by the President elect. Consider the following:
- His chosen economic team is by all accounts fairly centrist.
- He’s keeping Gates as Secretary of Defense.
- You know those tax cuts for the wealthy? Well Obama might just keep those and let them expire after all.
- 2.5 million jobs… Create? Or “Create or save…”
- And then there’s his change in his stance on the war in Iraq.
And so it goes…
Now compare all of the above with the various reasons why he shouldn’t be president. The contrast is stunning and stark, and the lesson is very clear – Mr. Obama will do what needs to be done, say what needs to be said, and associate with whoever to get his way. (George Packer wrote a fantastically true sentence that touched on this in the New Yorker when he wrote,
“Obama, whatever the idealistic yearnings of his admirers, has turned out to be a cold-eyed, shrewd politician.”)
No, Obama isn’t going to fit a preconceived mold, no matter how attractively that mold was cast. And he also isn’t going to look into anyone’s eye and “get a sense of his soul”. The only thing Obama is going to get is exactly what he wants.
The big question is, “What exactly does the President-elect really want?”