Friday, February 29, 2008

Obama's Positions

Remember all those John Kerry "flip flops", alternating his views depending on which audience he's talking to? Well, it seems that's a Democrat trait- Obama's using the same tactic.

Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers’ jobs.

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.

Out and out lying to the American people- McCain had better take advantage and not let Obama weasel out of this one.

Not only that but while he promotes a pro-Israel stance to Jewish audiences, he's hired an anti-Israel adivsor and he has said that "no one is suffering more than the Palestinians".

Then there's his, to quote the ghost of John Kerry again, nuanced position on the Second Amendment- he believes it is an individual right but he also wants to go right ahead anyway and infringe that right by banning semi-autos, handguns and in making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to own firearms. All that from a man who lectured on Constitutional Law too. Makes you wonder what other inalienable rights he feels that it's okay for the government to trample, doesn't it?

Finally he claims to want to "fundamentally change" the way Washington works. And is endorsed by Teddy Kennedy. I'm sure he wants Barack to come along and change the way he operates.

As the campaign goes on and Obama has to actually articulate more positions on topics like these (a setting where he can't duck the issue by voting "present") I'm guessing that we'll see him try to take both sides again and again.

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