11/04/2008 (1:48 pm)
Stanley Kurtz has set the standard for reporting the facts on who Barack Obama is, and he published his final summary yesterday. From the conclusion:
Obama is clever and pragmatic, it’s true. But his pragmatism is deployed on behalf of radical goals. Obama’s heart is, and will remain, with the Far Left. Yet he will surely be cautious about grasping for more, at any given moment, than the political traffic will bear. That should not be mistaken for genuine moderation. It will merely be the beginning stages of a habitually incremental radicalism. In his heart and soul, Barack Obama was and remains a radical — stealthy, organizationally sophisticated, and — when necessary — tactically ruthless. The real Obama — the man beyond the feel-good symbol — is no mystery. He’s there for anyone willing to look. Sad to say, few are.
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Comment by RM
What an excellent summary! Sounds a bit like Lenin’s slogan – “Probe until you find steel, then withdraw” or something along those lines.
If elected, and I believe he will be as I’ve said before, I think he may be smart enough to move slowly at first with smaller, seemingly reasonable (but still basically liberal) proposals that will lull many into saying “Heck, all those crazy right wing nuts said he was some kind of communist, this isn’t all THAT bad.” After all, that is what we would like to think. Then after a while we will presumably be like the frog whose water was slowly heated to boiling.
I think he is smart enough not to get involved early on like Clinton did with some sort of potential hot button issue like gays in the military that becomes a flashpoint. I think he will try to test the waters gently.
One question is whether the loony left like Pelosi, Reid et al, and his own veep, will push too hard and be his undoing.
If nothing else it will be interesting. He will be like a man walking a tightrope. If he even leans off to the right the tiniest bit he will infuriate the baying hounds of the Daily Kos krew who want revolution now. If he appeases the far left to anywhere near their satisfaction, he risks awakening the sleeping beast of the majority of the nation that in my mind at least, still has a moderately conservative heartbeat even if it is hibernating now.