Obama and the "Pragmatic Center"
Over at Vox Nova, Gerald Campbell pens another flowery schoolgirl-crush of a love letter to the great and godlike Obama (PBUH).
Rick Garnett, another Vox Nova contributor, is having none of it, and calls Campbell on his nonsense:
“The Pragmatic Center”(emphasis added)
In what sense — to use Gerald’s term – does Obama’s good showing on Super Tuesday indicate the “resurrection” of the “pragmatic center”? Seriously. Sen. Obama — who is clearly, in many ways, an attractive and decent person — was recently rated the most “liberal” (scare quotes used to anticipate Morning’s Minion’s objection to the term, which is not mine) Senator in Congress. He’s down-the-line, 100%, for (what in America goes by the name of) the left-liberal line. Even his (very good) speeches do not promise centrism and non-ideological compromise; they promise efforts to unite America around his own, 100% left-liberal views. If those are your views, great. But if not . . .
And, of course, unlike even Jerry Nadler, Obama voted against — and gave deeply troubling reasons for voting against – the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Where’s the evidence (besides the nice speeches) that Obama takes us beyond “ideological politics”, or that he is “willing to exchange ideas and strategies”?
Now, as it happens, there is a candidate in the race, also a Senator, also with an inspiring life story, who actually does have a record (for better or worse) of compromise and collaboration “across the aisle”, who (unlike Obama) has actually taken political risks in opposing torture and nativism, and who (unlike Obama) does not think there should be a constitutional right to snuff out a helpless newborn who manages to survive an abortion. I’m just sayin’ . . . .
We've seen this game before. Short and simple: the election of Obama would not "end divisiveness" nor "heal" all our Nation's "wounds"; rather, an all-out effort will be made to paint those who oppose or disagree with Obama as being "divisive" and/or as being "haters". We'll hear about "hate radio" and "hate blogs", etc., etc., ad infinitum.
But Obama will make absolutely no effort to deviate from his 100% left-liberal views, and yet will be called a "centrist" who is "reaching out" to "unite" all of us and "heal the divide".
In other words, the stuff I used to shovel while growing up on a ranch.
Read "Heart of Darkness. [Moloch] Obama's abortion stance".
Definitely read "And Obama Wept".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Cutting Through the Crap
Some Good Posts at Catholics in the Public Square
Sen. Moloch H. Obama Celebrates Abortion, Warns Supreme Court Could Reverse Roe
National Catholic Register: "Religious" Democrat Barack Obama Sticks to the Abortion Line
Litmus Test: Democrat Candidates Demand Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justices
Obama, Clinton Slam Supreme Court on Abortion Ruling