Monday, June 30, 2008
When even liberals start noticing the Obama flip-flops...
Well, when you have ardently liberal journalists attacking Obama for one of his increasing number of flip-flops, that can't be a good thing.
I have criticized Mark Shields in the past for some of that ardent liberalism. However, I'll now give him praise for criticizing a politician who he almost certainly prefers to be president. That's well done.
I'm not sure how the Obama juggernaut can be stopped — if it can be stopped. One possibility might be to discredit him as the agent of change he's sold himself as thus far as a presidential candidate.
As the flip-flop on campaign financing shows — as do the various other flip-flops and decisions made — Obama appears to be at least as cynical as the rest of them.
Now, it does mean that he'll do what it takes to win. That might not be a bad trait to have for a politician. But will it also raise doubts about someone who has yet to establish trust with the electorate? We'll see.
Personally, I think that the only way Obama will not become president is if he has a terrible campaign. Otherwise, a political candidate could not ask for a more perfect storm that lies ahead. Perhaps more on this at another time.