The Google forecast calls for continued high levels of phoniness, with occasional outbreaks of arrant hypocrisy, possibly continuing for the next four months or so.
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since|
|"Barack Obama" phony||752,000||-1,000|
|"John McCain" phony||676,000||+40,000|
|"Bob Barr" phony||12,000||+1,400|
Krauthammer seems to be warming to the phoniness that is Senator
Obama. He runs through the week's flip-flops: flag pin, check; gun
control, check; Iraq, check. Conclusion:
As Obama assiduously obliterates all differences with McCain on national security and social issues, he remains rightly confident that Bush fatigue, the lousy economy, and his own charisma — he is easily the most dazzling political personality since John Kennedy — will carry him to the White House.A real good question.
Of course, once he gets there he will have to figure out what he really believes. The conventional liberal/populist stuff he campaigned on during the primaries? Or the reversals he is so artfully offering up now?
I have no idea. Do you? Does he?
Betsy Newmark details another instance of Barackrobatics that
Krauthammer has (so far) missed: the abortion
issue. She points to Friday's report
from ABC legal analyst Jan Crawford
Greenburg, who notes Obama's Strange New Respect for conservative
jurisprudence on the issue:
In a recent interview, Obama appears to back away from his long-stated positions on abortion (and a proposed federal abortion rights law he had co-sponsored), repudiate 35 years of accepted Supreme Court rulings on the issue and embrace a view on abortion restrictions that has been expressed on the Court only by Justices Thomas and Scalia.Obama now states that the "mental distress" of a pregnant woman shouldn't count as a "health of the mother" exception to obtaining an otherwise-prohibited late term abortion. As far as anyone can tell, this is a new position. Betsy concludes:
Once again, Senator Obama has shifted to the center on an issue in a way that will please conservative and centrist voters. His more liberal supporters will grin and bear it because they want to win and he's [their] guy. Perhaps they are confident that he is still with them in his heart of hearts and is just pivoting for political advantage. They want to win just as conservatives want to win and are willing to talk themselves into supporting John McCain. If Obama is to win, he'll most probably be dealing with a strongly Democratic Congress and he won't have to worry about any abortion bill with an exception to the mental health exception coming out of the Congress. And, despite his statement to the Christian Magazine, Relevant, I can't see him fighting for such an exception or vetoing the Freedom of Choice Act if it should come to him from that Congress. Just words perhaps?Yeah. I can't see him actually nominating any judges who have a Scalia/Thomas record on the issue, either. So: "just words", definitely.
Things have gotten pretty bad when even the New York Times
editorialists have a
problem with your tergiversations. (Campaign finance, check; FISA
immunity, check; faith-based initiatives, check; death penalty, check;
gun control (again), check). Conclusion:
We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general election. But Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who did not play old political games.I will be giving a dramatic reading of these paragaphs at the dinner table tonight, with quivering chin and quavering voice, on the edge of tears.
There are still vital differences between Mr. Obama and Senator John McCain on issues like the war in Iraq, taxes, health care and Supreme Court nominations. We don’t want any “redefining” on these big questions. This country needs change it can believe in.
Obama may be a phony, but his birth
By the way, the Pun Salad-invented word "Barackrobatics"
is still losing badly to "Obamafuscation"
on the Google.
Today's score is 1,190 to 3. "Obamafuscation" has even cracked
its way into the Urban
But while browsing through the UD, this one gave me a chuckle: "Baracknophobia." Proposed McCain campaign slogan: Baracknophobia—Catch It!