Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ideologically Offensive

Looks like Obama's much-hoped-for swing to becoming a moderate once he's in the White House is not going to materialise.

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

Obama will be able to undo much of what Bush has put in place without even having to go near Congress.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

You know, when you put it in those terms it sure sounds a lot like Obama's going to be a centrist, moderate President. Right? I mean, a moderate, middle-of-the-road kind of President is sure to consult with liberal advocacy groups (sure sounds like lobbyists to me, but what do I know) to change orders deemed to be "ideologically offensive".

It sure looks like America is going to get a heapful of change.

As an after-thought (and in no way am I comparing Obama to Hamas), remember how pundits claimed that Hamas would act completely out of characer and stop being so radical once they came to power. Look how that worked out.

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