Saturday, March 08, 2008

Who Said Obama Doesn't Waffle?

Hot Tip from the Weekly Standard:

In a piece that will appear in tomorrow's issue, the New York Times joins its step-sister (the Boston Globe) in noticing the fortuitous timing of Barack Obama's emergence as a leading voice advocating withdrawal from Iraq:

"He was cautious (during his early days in the Senate) — even on the Iraq war, which he had opposed as a Senate candidate, he voted against the withdrawal of troops. He proposed a drawdown only after he was running for president and polls showed voters favoring it."

Two takeaways here: First, Obama's followers have become so blinded by his aura that they suspend the skepticism that they normally (and appropriately) have for politicians who conveniently evolve in the direction of popular opinion. Obama's base is noteworthy for its credulity, but Obama's apparent opportunism is unlikely to wear as well with voters beyond the candidate's most smitten followers.

Second, it's interesting that the Globe and the Times have taken a run at similar musty subjects on the same weekend. Coincidence?

Or could there be something deeper at work here?


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