Obama Fakes Right
By: Dick Morris
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, July 10, 2008
The list of issues on which Barack Obama has flipped now that the primaries are over is long and growing rapidly.
so extensive a list of flip-flops, all in the past few weeks, begs the
basic question: Was he lying before when he was a liberal, or is he
- He says he believes in a Second Amendment right to bear arms.
- He now opposes late-term abortion.
- He suddenly is a devotee of using faith-based institutions to deliver public services.
- He now says that he won’t raise Social Security taxes on anyone
making less than $250,000 a year. In the primary, he said he’d
eliminate the threshold entirely, including on people making as little
- He recently opposed the Fairness Doctrine for talk radio.
- Now he says he’s going to consult with the military before pulling out of Iraq.
Even if Obama means what he is
saying as he moves to the center trying to win the general election,
the fact is that he will be forced to move very far to the left should
he become president, forced by the liberals in his own party.
If Obama wins, it’s more than likely that he will take office with a
Congress filled with Democrats and liberals. Most probably, the Senate
will have at least 55 Democrats (including pickups in Colorado, New
Mexico, Virginia, New Hampshire and Alaska). And there might be as many
as 62 (possible Democratic pickups include Maine, Minnesota, Oregon,
Kentucky, Texas, Kansas and North Carolina). The House will, of course,
be solidly in Democratic control.
Faced with the same situation in 1993, as he took office as president,
Bill Clinton found no alternative but to move dramatically to the Left,
shelving for the moment his promises of a middle-class tax cut and
welfare reform. He had no choice. The Democratic majorities in both
Houses served him with notice: Either you stay within the caucus and
not cross the aisle in search of support for centrist policies, or we
will do unto you what we did to Jimmy Carter when Tip O’Neill turned on
him and made his life miserable. Clinton was forced to emphasize
health care reform over welfare changes and to go with a liberal
economic stimulus package capped by big tax increases. The left-wing
stain sank so deeply into the fabric of his presidency that it caused
him to lose Congress in 1994, and almost to lose the 1996 election.
It will be the same with Obama. On all of his basic issues, the
Democrats in Congress will hold his feet to the fire and make him
govern to the left. On his signature issue of Iraq, he may find himself
with a war already won, a democracy already stable and a problem
already solved. Nevertheless, he will be forced to rip the scab from
the wound and set it bleeding again by bringing our troops home
prematurely. His health care proposals will be forced far to the left
until they amount to a government takeover of the health care system.
Obama will not be able to govern from the center. His party won’t let
him do it.
Ultimately, Bill Clinton’s congressional supporters became his jailers
and he morphed from their leader into their hostage. Dependent on every
last Democrat to pass legislation in the House and to prevail over a
filibuster in the Senate, he found himself pushed further and further
to the left until, he told me, “I don’t even recognize myself.” He had
to lade his economic and anti-crime package with pork to satisfy urban
congressmen and to win their support of a bill that included a federal
Obama will not be able to help himself. The Democratic majority in
Congress won’t settle for triangulation. They will make the Obama of
November into a liar and the Obama of the primaries into an honest man.
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