Just after hitting publish on the post below on the country’s love for President Obama qua partisan Democrat, I read this post by Chris Bowers at Open Left about the craven and cynical positioning of Democratic Senators Reid and Bayh to disingenuously appeal to moderate voters in their home states. Bowers notes, “Democrats keep saying, in public, that the only reason they support certain positions is to trick people into thinking that they are moderate.” This isn’t to say that these sorts of Democrats are actually liberal. Rather they are most likely without any strong ideology and are simply creatures of politics. This is, again, the group that I think is a key audience for the Rasmussen poll that shows strong support for Obama’s governance as a strong Democrat. Rather than going out and lying to the public about where they really stand, senators like Bayh and Reid should stand up for real Democratic values, which at some point in their lives these politicians must have held strongly enough to decide to go into public service. President Obama is proving that this is what the American public wants. Democratic “moderates” shouldn’t stand in Obama’s way for the sake of doing what they wrongly believe makes home state voters happy. Now is the time for them to stand up for the President’s agenda and show America what real Democratic governance looks like, free from hemming, backroom deals, and cynical posturing.
March 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment