Tuesday, July 01, 2008

in the news

Summer and Smoke, an American Cauldron

Martian Soil Appears Able to Support Life

Firefox Aims for Download Record

Travelers Shift to Rail as Cost of Fuel Rises

Savoring Bargains at the American Pump

Anxious in America

Is That All There Is?

There has been quite a bit of buzz recently surrounding the Obama campaign's apparent shift from the progressive left to the center (or center-right depending on your point of view). Most observers acknowledge that such a strategic move is routine at this point in a presidential campaign. Most candidates (regardless of party) move towards the center in preparation for the fall contest ahead. However, for the thousands of Obama supporters, such as myself, who gravitated to his campaign's fresh and progressive message on the environment, government surveillance and abuse of civil liberties, and foreign policy months ago, his recent shift to more customary, Washingtonian positions is disconcerting. Even a bit disheartening. There's a lot of talk on the blogosphere and among the pundits that his center-right changes on some of these issues are vexing some of his most ardent supporters. Perhaps his campaign's shift is a temporary move and the more refreshing tone of his primary message will be reinvigorated a bit later on. Or maybe not. We'll just have to wait and see. But it is fair to say that his recent changes have tempered my enthusiasm.

Obama Tacks Away From His Left-Wing Base

For Obama, a Pragmatist's Shift Toward the Center

Obama is Shifting Toward the Center

Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers

The Obama Agenda

Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol

Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

Smile! More and More, You're On Camera

2 Comments:

Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

RE: Obama. I guess it's on to Nader! He is not and has never been a politician.

2:29 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Jim. I'm not quite sure about going in that direction. Nader is so 2000 and has no chance of winning. I still like Obama. At the same time, I also like a lot of what Independent Jessie Ventura has said recently. He has said some poignant stuff. With regards to Obama, I'm just concerned about some of his recent positions. Though to be fair, he has (as others have acknowledged) pledged to be a bi-partisan candidate who wants to bridge the liberal, conservative, independent divide. It's hard to achieve any consensus if that candidate is on one side of the aisle or the other. So, perhaps I'm just looking at it from one, narrow perspective. Perhaps Obama is doing just what he has always pledged to do.

6:42 PM  

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