I am shocked and horrified to say that I am in 99% agreement with wingnut Philip Klein’s piece about Barack Obama:
…[H]ere’s where I think that the flip flop problem could be disastrous for Obama, and perhaps even more damaging than it was for John Kerry. Obama has absolutely no real accomplishments to run on, and a very slim public record. He has made a world of promises to change the world, but there’s nothing tangible in his past that he can point to that would demonstrate he has the ability to achieve any of it. If people stop believing in him, if he loses his image as a new kind of politician, if people don’t trust his words, what’s left? Why take a risk on somebody with practically no experience if you can’t trust a damn word he says?
Like an inflated Internet stock in the late 1990s, Obama’s meteoric rise on the basis of superficial factors may very well be followed by a precipitous fall, triggering a “flight to safety” in the form of John McCain.
My only quibble with the piece is where Klein quoted one of his earlier articles, saying, “Obama has never had to run a general election campaign against a viable Republican in which his liberal views underwent scrutiny…” Obama doesn’t have particularly liberal views; he started out center-right and has drifted further right.
(Via Avedon, who has a treasure trove of linked reactions to Obama’s most recent spate of progressive and liberal betrayals.)