Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Like I said...

Andrew is right:
I'm as struck as Mark McKinnon by the sudden, if tempered, swooning of the center-right for Obama. even Fred Barnes has had an epiphany of sorts. They are responding to his obviously sensible and accomplished picks for the economy and foreign affairs as if they have realized for the first time who "that one" actually is. He is not now and never has been a leftist ideologue. That was a paranoid fantasy that helped kill the GOP this year. He is a pragmatic, sane, reasoned centrist liberal. He doesn't want to surrender to terror or abolish capitalism - he wants to hone our fight against the Islamists to better effect and to save capitalism from itself. And the core meaning of his candidacy - an end to the polarizing culture war battles of the post-Vietnam era - is not just hype.
Of course, the more Obama seemed to say sensible things, the less he sounded like the crazed lefty so many on the Right believed him to be (or wanted him to be?) the louder the cry of anti-American, "palling around with terrorists" etc. became. Now there is a two-part reaction to his picks. On the one hand we have the so-called center-right, which is, as Sullivan points out, fairly well-pleased with the Obama cabinet choices.

On the other we have a strange union between the far Left and the far Right, the former critical of Obama for what they perceive to be a betrayal, and the latter simply irreconcilably unhappy with any Liberal, no matter how centrist, sitting in the White House. Make no mistake, this crowd would have been almost as unhappy with McCain. In fact, I'd say the reactions would have been similar under a McCain Presidency, from all parties...