This whole duel between the Prez and former VP Cheney on the terrorism issue has been interesting to watch. Kind of like Dirty Harry vs Barney Fife, with our illustrious President as Mayberry's most famous deputy. The O is still trying to find a way to distance himself from all of Bush's policies, while at the same time continuing many of them, requires some serious intellectual acrobats. While they're fun to watch, I'm not sure they'll pay off in the long run.
The folks on the right know that he's throwing out the baby with the bathwater on some of the changes he's making in how we fight terrorism. And the folks on the left know he's keeping some of the strategies they abhor (military tribunals, for instance). The only people he's likely to fool are the folks in the mushy middle. Of course, if there's a terrorist attack on the O's watch, he can kiss them goodbye as well. All they'll know is that President Obama changed the way we fight terrorism (even if he didn't really change that much), and that an attack (which didn't happen with W at the helm) went down on his watch. And it won't really matter if the attack was due to any changes he made. To the folks who proudly occupy the middle ground, it'll be casue-and-effect, simple as that.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I'm kind of confused about all the brouhaha surrounding Colin Powell's recent statements that Republicans need to be more like Democrats. Isn't he the guy who didn't know what his political affiliation was until he was in his mid-50s? And if the Democrats are so much closer to where he is ideologically, then why isn't he a Democrat?