Wait second here. I thought this was the post-partisan president, always eager for new ideas from both sides of the aisle, from the middle of the aisle, and from the banister running along the aisle.
This was a candidate who tried to minimize his branding by National Journal magazine in 2008 as the most liberal lawmaker in the Senate. Lawmaker, of course, being a relative term, since Obama didn’t make many laws while he was in the Senate.
During a March 2008 interview with the New York Times, candidate Obama scoffed that “a lot of these old labels don’t apply anymore.”
Obama even suggested he’d been set up.
The only votes that come up are votes that are purposely designed to divide people. It’s true that if I’m presented with a series of votes like that, I’m more likely to fall left of center than right of center. But as president, I would be setting the terms of debate.
Last night – OMG, I was nearly shocked straight out of my shoes – Obama revealed THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN JOKING.
I say joking, because I wouldn’t want to call the president insincere or maybe even a bit of a dissimulator. But there he was last night talking to some Hollywood fat cats wealthy people when he suddenly bragged, yes bragged, that he was being liberal. And not just liberal, but AS LIBERAL AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO BE. Here’s what he said.
We have been able to deliver the most progressive legislative agenda – one that helps working families – not just in one generation, maybe two, maybe three.
The most progressive agenda in three generations? THE MOST PROGRESSIVE AGENDA IN THREE GENERATIONS? SINCE GRANDPA??
Sorry, I’m going to take a sip of my coffee here and just relax for a minute.
Why is he bragging about this? It’s a pitiful failure of his raison d’etre Le President. It means he didn’t get any of those Republican ideas that he wanted. So he should be disappointed. It means he hasn’t floated ethereally above any of those silly old labels. It mean National Journal might have been right.
IT MEANS HE WAS VERY LIBERAL ALL ALONG.
Please Joe, say it ain’t so. Please Barack, say it’s just a crock.
I know, it’s just those Republicans. You reached out to them, they were mean, so you had to do what you had to do. THEY MADE YOU BE VERY LIBERAL.
But then why are you bragging about it?