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Where's The Liberal?

The new conventional wisdom is that Obama is losing the independent voters that helped elect him. The polls show he's too liberal, we are told.

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The new conventional wisdom is that Obama is losing the independent voters that helped elect him. The polls show he's too liberal, we are told. Well, then. Show Me The Liberal!

What's Obama done that's liberal? Afghanistan? A Bush-style buildup that couldn't have sounded more Republican if Obama'd announced it with a Southern accent. Nothing liberal there. So is the President too cozy with the ACLU and civil liberty folks? Show me. Obama has kept in place almost all the Bush-era detention apparatus. He's retained almost all the laws that Bush enacted to interrogate potential terrorists. Is his healthcare plan too liberal? Last time I checked, the private insurance companies were set to make huge profits because of Obama's plan to require every citizen to have health insurance. And it looks like the "public option" is gone, largely because Obama didn't push for it. For months now, Obama's been consulting with the drug companies in private about his health care proposals.

So where's this Obama the Populist? Show Me The Liberal! I certainly don't see it.

Chuck Weiss


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