Responsibly Criticizing the President

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 9, 2011

Michael Medved has it right, I think. There is nothing radical about President Obama; he is a contemporary American liberal, firmly and comfortably ensconced in the mainstream of contemporary American liberalism. And that ought to be enough to campaign successfully against him:

One can scan the list of leading appointments (including Mr. Obama’s two chiefs of staff, one a former congressman and the other a former Clinton cabinet officer) without finding a single example—not one—of the sort of wild-eyed, revolutionary intellectual frequently cited by right-wing critics. Yes, a record of business leadership in the private sector is sorely lacking within the Obama team, but so is any history of militant socialist scheming.

Republicans need not despair that President Obama fails to conform to the hackneyed (if groundless) charges of radicalism. They will find the president easier to beat when they re-adjust their attacks to portray him as typical rather than radical.

The problem with Mr. Obama isn’t that he functions far outside the Democratic mainstream. The real problem is that mainstream itself, a toxic stew of dysfunctional and discredited notions that have flopped reliably whenever they’ve been employed.

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