New and Not Improved
...Mr. Obama endorsed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the District of Columbia’s gun-control law. We knew he ascribed to the anti-gun-control groups’ misreading of the Constitution as implying an individual right to bear arms. [In the real world we call that "reading"] But it was distressing to see him declare that the court provided a guide to “reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe.”
What could be more reasonable than a city restricting handguns, or requiring that firearms be stored in ways that do not present a mortal threat to children?
[What could be more reasonable than a total handgun ban that requires all guns to be disassembled?! The NYT lives in bizarro world]
We were equally distressed by Mr. Obama’s criticism of the Supreme Court’s barring the death penalty for crimes that do not involve murder.
[Read the medical description of what happened to the 8 year old girl who has raped by her stepfather in the case in question and get back to me]
We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general election. But Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who did not play old political games.
[WAAAAHHHH!!! He broke his promise to be an unapologetic liberal!]
There are still vital differences between Mr. Obama and Senator John McCain on issues like the war in Iraq, taxes, health care and Supreme Court nominations. We don’t want any “redefining” on these big questions. [Well, there's already been some redefining on Iraq] This country needs change it can believe in.
THIS is the change to believe in? Marching in lock-step with the liberal party line? Please, America, NO!
So which is the real Obama? The radical reformer who brings hope of liberal change or the guy running for the third Bush term who practices political expediency when faced with reality? We don't know because Obama is unproven, untested, and inexperienced.
UPDATE: I guess Donald Sutherland (Jack Bauer's dad) is apoplectic about the NYT editorial - he ventures some wild conspiracy theories about it. And other lefty wing-nut bloggers are up in arms about Obama paying lip service to moderation. I have to admit it is such fun to see them in a tizzy! They are so out of touch that they think steadfast adherence to the radical liberal line is the best course and don't realize that the appearance of moving to the center can only help Obama. They needn't worry, he's only doing this to become electable in the short term.