Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Post partisanship and the apocalypse?

The National Review's blog the Campaign Spot gets a shout out from dailykos on debunking the vicious and false smear that Michelle Obama's on videotape calling people "whitey" and then asks for help in debunking more rumors about Obama by getting a copy of his birth certificate.

A sign of the apocalypse or of the post partisan politics of the Obama campaign?

Some conservatives like Bruce Bartlett, former Reagan advisor, think that Obama will do more to push certain conservative ideals like school vouchers than any conservative could actually achieve. And of course true conservatives are pissed like hell about the war spending and Dubya's crazy out of control deficit creation.

Here's a snippet from his very interesting and thought-provoking piece in the New Republic:

Milton and Rose Friedman's son, David, is signed up with the cause on the grounds that he sees Obama as the better vessel for his father's cause. Friedman is convinced of Obama's sympathy for school vouchers--a tendency that the Democratic primaries temporarily suppressed. Scott Flanders, the CEO of Freedom Communications--the company that owns The Orange County Register--told a company meeting that he believes Obama will accomplish the paramount libertarian goals of withdrawing from Iraq and scaling back the Patriot Act.

Libertarians (and other varieties of Obamacons, for that matter) frequently find themselves attracted to Obama on stylistic grounds. That is, they believe that he has surrounded himself with pragmatists, some of whom (significantly) come from the University of Chicago. As the blogger Megan McArdle has written, "His goal is not more government so that we can all be caught up in some giant, expressive exercise of collectively enforcing our collective will on all the other people standing around us in the collective; his goal is improving transparency and minimizing government intrusion while rectifying specific outcomes."

In nearly every quarter of the movement, you can find conservatives irate over the Iraq war--a war they believe transgresses core principles. And it's this frustration with the war--and McCain's pronouncements about victory at any cost--that has led many conservatives into Obama's arms. Francis Fukuyama, the neoconservative theorist, recently told an Australian journalist that he would reluctantly vote for Obama to hold the Republican Party accountable "for a big policy failure" in Iraq. And he seems to view Obama as the best means for preserving American power, since Obama "symbolizes the ability of the United States to renew itself in a very unexpected way."

So between this lovefest and the wildfires in California and the floods in the Midwest, is the apocalypse really coming? Cos if someone knows, I'd appreciate a heads up. Bucket list and all, y'knows?


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