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Team Obama: No Moderates Allowed

Posted on | November 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

Democrat pollsters Doug Schoen and Patrick Caddell raised eyebrows by arguing that President Obama could end gridlock by announcing he would not seek re-election in 2012. This argument was premised on taking at face value Obama’s 2008 campaign message that he wanted to unite the country and transcend partisanship. My friend Seton Motley is not so naive:

Obama ran as the Great Uniter – a post-partisan, post-racial, post-political Wunderkind that would end the Washington, D.C. drama forever and always.
This was of course a lie – sold by a Team Obama that intended all along to govern from the radical left but knew the electorate would never vote for that agenda.
And slavishly resold by an Old Media who either knew of then-candidate Obama’s leftist intent and wanted to aid in its emplacement, or were too blinkered by History and bought into the gassy hype.
Obama’s Administrative retinue is uber-leftist, with nary a moderate in the bunch. Personnel is policy; Obama’s staff decisions clearly demonstrate Obama is a left-winger, not the moderate he played on campaign TV for electoral benefit – and for whom Schoen and Caddell wistfully wish for. . . .

Read the whole thing. I’ve got little use for “good government” types who are perpetually bemoaning “partisan gridlock” and wringing their hands about the “decline of civility.” Partisanship is necessary, gridlock is good, and calls for “civility” may generally be translated as the expression of a desire that one’s opponents shut up.


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