Obama: "How do I love thee, Change, let me count the ways…"
We know that Barama's been changing positions more quickly lately as he finds out that not only America, but his own colleagues in Congress aren't where he is. The latest is the FISA renewal that President Bush signed – and Obo voted for.
He did it, apparently, to keep America safe, but he wasn't concerned about that safety until he secured the nomination.
Then there's gun control, the death penalty for rapists, his daughters' TV careers, not to mention Iraq withdrawal, and a whole host of other reversals that we can chalk up to a total lack of experience, conviction, judgment, and innate weakness. The Democrats won't need a mascot in Denver, Obama himself is a walking, talking Jackass – Francis reincarnated.
And have you noticed how he retreats back to the womb when he feels threatened, the womb being an audience of his most loyal sycophants? He did it today as he was responding to Phil Gramm's comments that the "recession" is mental and that Americans have become whiners. Of course, Gramm wasn't referring to all Americans. I mean, if you're not a whiner, you weren't offended… but there was Obama whining to his fans and they whined back the sympathy he so desperately needs.
So his flip-flops also demonstrate a fundamental insecurity – he isn't confident that he can take a position or make a decision that is sound. And his own gaffes are near daily reminders that he can't.
Still, even knowing what he is, I was interested in a column written by Luke Boggs that appeared (magically) today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled: "Obama's frequent regrets may make us sorry." In it, Boggs gives us a novel perspective as he notes that Obama doesn't just change positions, he also regrets the ones he previously held, and Boggs particularly laments Obama's quick reversal on having his children doing interviews "even before the other two parts of the interview could air."
Boggs: "The guy is running for president of the United States, for heaven's sake. Family members have been a constant in American politics for a long time. And Obama having his daughters at his side in a puffy little holiday interview should have been no big deal to anyone."
Except that Boggs doesn't seem to realize that by allowing his kids to be interviewed, Obama has potentially opened a can of worms. He'd probably succeeded in insulating his family, i.e. Mickey, from much future criticism (as long as she kept her enormous mouth shut for the duration of the campaign), but now, he's re invited such criticism. You can't use your family and expect others to keep hands off.
Boggs: And that, in turn, made me wonder how often the senator has regretted other choices. Answer: pretty often.
In November 2006, Obama said he regretted buying property adjacent to his Chicago home from Tony Rezko, a longtime supporter and big-time fund-raiser who has since been convicted of mail and wire fraud, aiding and abetting bribery and money laundering.
In February 2007, as his presidential campaign was beginning, Obama said he regretted saying that the lives of American soldiers who died fighting in Iraq had been "wasted."
In April 2008, Obama said he regretted his choice of words when he told some well-heeled donors in San Francisco that "bitter" folks in Middle America who have lost economic hope "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Finally, Boggs reinforces and better states the point I made yesterday:
A lot of Americans understand that you don't get a bunch of easy do-overs in the Oval Office. You have to make tough calls, even when they may be politically costly.
I can't help wondering what Obama might regret in four years as president. What might he regret doing — or not doing — on the world stage? What might he regret saying — or not saying — to Putin or Kim Jong-il or Ahmadinejad?
Only time will tell. Depending on what happens in November, we may begin to find out next January. When we do, some voters may well have regrets of their own.
Maybe Obama can't help it? In the words of George Jefferson, Obama is a Zebra. In today's vernacular, doesn't that mean he's a living, breathing Flip-Flop?
And while I'm at it, lets not forget the Obama pontifications… that Jesse Jackson would like to… shall we say… curtail.
Now more flops… Public financing, Jerusalem, NAFTA, Iran, and even running for President… Oh when the saints, go marchin' in… oh when the saints go marchin' in… will Obama be in that number… ?