Politics and Media Headlines 11/24/08
Tracking the center-right nation meme (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
[W]ithin hours of the Democrat's White House victory, the "center-right" faucet was turned on.
Tuning out the brain-dead megaphone (by David Sirota, Salon)
Pundits claim we're a center-right nation -- but polls show voters elected Obama to enact his progressive agenda.
Sadly, Obama is a center-right guy, if not an outright right winger—see below. We tried to tell the bots, but they wouldn’t listen.—Caro
Obama to delay 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal (Washington Times)
President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say. Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise. However, Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress, the advisers said.
Obama may delay tax-cut rollback for wealthy (Reuters)
President-elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise - to roll back tax cuts on high-income Americans - as part of his economic recovery strategy, two aides said on Sunday… His aides' comments suggest Obama may be wary of imposing any additional tax burden at a time of deep crisis, despite the outlook for record budget deficits and mounting national debt. He may also be seeking to bolster Republican support for his recovery measures.
Progressive complaints about Obama's appointments (by Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory, Salon)
I've been genuinely mystified by the disappointment and surprise being expressed by many liberals over the fact that Obama's most significant appointments thus far are composed of pure Beltway establishment figures drawn from the center-right of the Democratic Party… Barack Obama is a centrist, establishment politician. That is what he has been since he's been in the Senate, and more importantly, it's what he made clear -- both explicitly and through his actions -- that he intended to be as President… Obama pays no price, and garners many benefits, by embracing the center-right and scorning "the Left." It's this dynamic that needs to change in order for the outcomes to change. [Emphasis added.]
Just as I’ve been saying FOR EIGHT LONG YEARS!—Caro
Obama and the Great Depression (by Mickey Z. at Information Clearinghouse)
No, I don’t mean that Great Depression. I’m talking about the inevitable moment—maybe next week, maybe next year—when the Kool Aid wears off and the Obamatrons wake up to realize their hero offers nothing even approximating hope or change. The carefully calculated speeches—which have always been filled with empty, hollow phrases—will no longer soothe a battered and desperate populace and the Obamabots will suddenly recognize that the Pope of Hope has never been anything more than a human marketing strategy, a product. This year’s iPhone.
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