Bert Prelutsky has a great column titled A Lot of Reasons I Won’t Vote for Obama which begins this way:
I have a friend who could very well be a speechwriter for Barack Obama. Although I consider her a liberal, I’m sure she regards herself as a moderate. To prove it, she makes a point of condemning politicians of both parties as partisan hacks. Actually, with precious few exceptions, I agree with her. However, she likes to say she wishes that those on the Left and those on the Right could put their differences aside and come together for the sake of the country. It sounds so nice and reasonable, just like the bilge coming out of one of Sen. Obama’s love fests. The problem, of course, is that when it comes to the issues, there’s no way to work out a compromise.
Obama is currently in the business of trying to be all things to all people. He figures that so long as he avoids commenting on actual issues, Hillary Clinton will eventually remind the country why so many of us couldn’t stand her when she was merely the most obnoxious First Lady we’d ever had. But the fact remains that he’s a liberal from a very liberal state and, if elected, would bring a left-wing mind-set to the White House.
He then goes on to detail a long list of liberal positions from which Obama has shown no interest in distancing himself. Most of them are issues which do not easily lend themselves to the kind of “split the difference” compromises that Obama seems to be trying to convince people he will be proposing at some vague point in the distant future.
Often the price of leadership is taking a stand… whether or not it is popular!