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Change is Changing
Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2008 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 11/29/2008 5:21:17 AM PST by Kaslin

A funny thing happened on his way to the White House: that old, left-wing community organizer Barack Obama has suddenly veered toward the center, and his incoming administration is looking more and more like the Daley Machine in Chicago than Hugo Chavez's administration down in Venezuela.

It seems that reality has set in, instructing the soon-to-be president-elect (he won't be that until the presidential electors gather and vote for him next month) that it's easier to promise change then it is to change the way things are traditionally done in a democracy.

Watching him announce key appointments to cabinet and sub-cabinet posts makes one think that this is Bill Clinton redux. Mr. Obama has dug deep into the 1990s and resurrected much of the Clinton cast of characters, even to naming Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state.

That appointment, some have suggested, is Obama's way of emulating Lyndon Johnson. When LBJ named an old foe to a post in his administration, he explained that it was better to have the camel inside the tent urinating out, than outside the tent urinating in.

None of this satisfies the radical left that went bonkers trying to elect the man they thought would turn the White House into a new Kremlin and name all of them commissars of the new Socialist Republic of America.

Barack Obama, ardent disciple of the late Saul Alinsky, seems to have forgotten the iron-clad left-wing dictate -- "no enemies to the left." With every Clintonite or Wall Streeter appointment he makes a new enemy on the left.

What the Alinsky/Ayers crowd doesn't seem to understand is that Barack Obama's only acquaintanceship with government in action was his close relationship with Chicago's Daley machine, where its hallmark -- aside from its rampant corruption -- was devotion to pragmatism. If it works, do it; if it doesn't, don't.

Everything Mr. Obama has done in recent weeks since winning the election has been an exercise in pragmatism -- gone is all the heated rhetoric about change and reform. Everything is now measured by only one standard -- it must above all be practical.

What his disappointed leftist allies don't grasp is that many of those who voted for him thought he had a conservative message for them. Now with his appointments such as keeping Robert Gates at the Defense Department and naming Paul Volcker as a top economic advisor, he's delivering on what the voters saw as his conservative promises.

Unlike Bill Clinton, he's moving to the center before he takes office, and not two years afterwards as Clinton did. During the campaign I prayed he was lying when he unveiled his platform and promises of what he'd do as president.

I was hoping he lied about taxes. I was hoping he lied about ending the war in Iraq in 16 months. I was hoping he lied about all of those nutty left-wing programs he was promising.

It looks as if my prayers were answered.

I expect that he'll try to mollify his now-dejected left-wing supporters by tossing them a few bones. He'll push for the horrendous "Freedom of Choice" bill that would enshrine abortion as the supreme law of the land, overturning all restrictions on the grisly procedure previously enacted by the states; and trying to gag conservative talk radio hosts, for example.

I'm sure he knows that those attempts might be empty gestures if his party falls short of the 60 votes in the Senate they need to shut off debate on such measures, thereby allowing the Republican minority to use the filibusters to kill such measures so dear to the hearts of the so-called progressives.

What's happening is Obama's discovery that there is a big difference between running for president and being president. He is now up to date, up to speed, and getting all the information George Bush is getting -- and he having to make decisions based on that information.

As a result he and George Bush are now on the same wavelength. It's amazing what a little dose of reality will do to a man who dreamt dreams before he encountered the inescapable facts of life.

Welcome to Washington, Barack Obama.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2008; michaelreagan

1 posted on 11/29/2008 5:21:17 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Oh, gee, what a choice!

“the Daley Machine in Chicago than Hugo Chavez’s administration down in Venezuela”

We are in for 4 - 8 years of grief and pain! This great nation is going to be torn down and destroyed, and it will take decades to build it back up. Our freedoms are going to be stomped on.


2 posted on 11/29/2008 5:23:31 AM PST by buffyt (FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression)
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To: buffyt

We have to start preparing for 4 years. First get NH off the early primary list and close the open primaries. We also have to have the battle between elitist republicans and regular conservatives as to who leads. No blue state should be picking our nominee like Dem voters in NH and Fl did. Also we will undermine the failed and illegitimate administration in washington and work to take back the house.


3 posted on 11/29/2008 5:27:08 AM PST by omega4179 (Pardon Ramos and Compean !!??? HELLO???)
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To: Kaslin

>>>>>When LBJ named an old foe to a post in his administration, he explained that it was better to have the camel inside the tent urinating out, than outside the tent urinating in.<<<<<<<

Ha ha ha.

A major reason Hitlery’s nomination to SoS is specifically intended to neuter her globetrotting, podium-stealing, bigmouthed, persona non grata of a husband.

Zer0 knows he can’t keep Bill Clinton under control, so he’s hired Hitlery to do it for him.

No way that Bill is going to steal *her* podium on the world stage.


4 posted on 11/29/2008 5:29:41 AM PST by angkor (Conservatism is not a religious movement.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama nor Bush runs this country there are other forces at work here. Who? I don’t know. FBI, HOUSE, SENETE, I don’t think so. In all my years they all promise one thing and seem real sincere, like Obama, and then....the winds do change. Like they are being told how to act, and what to do and who to pick. Any suggestions?


5 posted on 11/29/2008 5:47:38 AM PST by nbhunt
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To: Kaslin
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
-Bill Clinton, August 1998

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘change’ is.”
-Barry Soetero Hussein Obama, November 2008

6 posted on 11/29/2008 5:54:21 AM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Kaslin

It would seem to me that in the birth certificate controversy that I would have seen someone else’s Hawaiian birth certificate, the one signed by a doctor so I would know what we were asking for.


7 posted on 11/29/2008 5:58:09 AM PST by Mercat (God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful. Mother Teresa)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
"Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss."
--The Who, 25 June 1971
8 posted on 11/29/2008 5:58:53 AM PST by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: xcamel

bttt


9 posted on 11/29/2008 6:03:49 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: Kaslin
For the first time, I'm really disappointed in Michael Reagan. 0bama has simply realized what the Chicoms did: that pure Marxism doesn't work, but fascism does. He's also following the model of Billy Ayers: Getting inside the establishment, subverting it and corrupting it, is more effective than direct confrontation. Every time a Leftist "veers toward the center," I am reminded of Lenin's New Economic Policy, which was just a phase on the road to totalitarianism. We are still going to get catastrophic SCOTUS appointments, like those made by Clinton. We are still going to see the military weakened, and our security will continue to erode.

And finally, the real hallmark of the Daley machine is not "pragmatic efficiency;" it is corruption and an ironclad grip on power by a single party.

10 posted on 11/29/2008 6:06:30 AM PST by hellbender
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To: nbhunt
Obama nor Bush runs this country there are other forces at work here. Who? I don’t know. FBI, HOUSE, SENETE, I don’t think so. In all my years they all promise one thing and seem real sincere, like Obama, and then....the winds do change. Like they are being told how to act, and what to do and who to pick. Any suggestions?

It's the idiots among us, who stand for nothing and accept anything that they think will give them something for nothing. The American voter has turned into the most apathetic, worthless facsimile of the dregs of society that we are pretty much doomed unless a lot of folks wake up really fast and force the egos in Washington to obey the Constitution, in it's original form.

11 posted on 11/29/2008 6:12:49 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: angkor
Zer0 knows he can’t keep Bill Clinton under control, so he’s hired Hitlery to do it for him. No way that Bill is going to steal *her* podium on the world stage.

Ummm .... I don't know about that.

It's pretty easy to steal what Hillary considers *her's* when there's something in it for Bill.


12 posted on 11/29/2008 6:13:10 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Kaslin; miss print; kristinn; conservogirl; Republic; Alamo-Girl; Carl/NewsMax; Rush Limbaugh; ...

.

U.S. Constitution =

With its Checks and Balances is the only thing that seperates a still Free America from the rest of the world.

America’s Job No. 1 =

Protect the U.S. Constitution

Step No. 1 =

Making sure all potential Chief Executives are Natural Born Citizens, as dictated by the U.S. Constitution, prior to being elected to Office by the Electoral College

U.S. Constitution Protector No. 1 =

The Supreme Court of the United States

.


13 posted on 11/29/2008 6:21:02 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com11)
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To: trebb

well...you got that right for sure. Let’s face it we did not have a good choice in presidents. But take a think back...Bush Sr.and his promises, G. Bush and his promises, Obama and his promises. I felt like they all were sincere in what they wanted to do. I really think they all are being lead down a path that they really did not know about till they hit that Whitehouse.


14 posted on 11/29/2008 6:27:31 AM PST by nbhunt
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To: Kaslin

the center of left is still left.


15 posted on 11/29/2008 6:28:30 AM PST by stylin19a ( Real Men don't declare unplayable lies)
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To: Kaslin

best part of the article:

I was hoping he lied about taxes. I was hoping he lied about ending the war in Iraq in 16 months. I was hoping he lied about all of those nutty left-wing programs he was promising.

It looks as if my prayers were answered.


16 posted on 11/29/2008 6:31:34 AM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: Kaslin
"...he and George Bush are now on the same wavelength."

I hope he gets to experience the same warmth and love from his party and the msm that GWB has gotten. As someone who has gotten such adoration as the coming messiah, Obama now needs to feel the unbridled hatred and contempt his party is famous for.

17 posted on 11/29/2008 6:33:47 AM PST by GBA
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To: Kaslin

What makes you think he has the maturity and capacity to deal with those on the world scene and not disintegrate when the pressure gets too great


18 posted on 11/29/2008 6:34:14 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Kaslin

Re: “Fairness Doctrine:” I cannot see such a law ever being enacted. Conservative lawyers are lined-up 50 deep to fight such a monstrosity. It would immediately be appealed up the chain until it hit SCOTUS in 5-10 years down the road.


19 posted on 11/29/2008 6:35:21 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

That said, Obama is a whiney pants-wetter. He will “govern” from under his bed. Who can overlook his response to any unfriendly question? A snarly, face-twisted attack upon the questioner. He’s Deval Patrick with a bigger mansion.


20 posted on 11/29/2008 6:37:10 AM PST by pabianice
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To: All; buffyt; reformjoy; Buchanan mama; conservogirl; Alamo-Girl

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Liberal BILL CLINTON =

Forced to appear less Liberal by the election of a Republican controlled Congress just 2 years into his Administration

Liberal BARACK OBAMA =

Forced to appear less Liberal by the threat of his perhaps not being a Natural Born Citizen, as uncovered through the Courts prior to his election as President by the Electoral College

NOTE: Secretary of Defense GATES is being held over for just one year to train his newly OBAMA appointed Deputy Defense Secretary to take his place.

.


21 posted on 11/29/2008 6:39:30 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com11)
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To: pabianice

.......He will “govern” from under his bed. ......

He will govern by looking around the table for advice and then vassilate. His advisors will govern After being told by the Prime Minister Nancy makes her demands.


22 posted on 11/29/2008 6:41:55 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: Kaslin
It seems that reality has set in

Mr. Obama, I'd like to introduce you to someone you've never met before but who will have a profound impact on you in the future. Meet Mr. Reality.

23 posted on 11/29/2008 7:00:34 AM PST by Starboard
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To: nbhunt

There is no conspiracy here that is running all the Presidents once they get into office.

Get real. Even in the Wizard of Oz story, the wizard that freaked everybody out was just an ordinary man behind a curtain that people THOUGHT was powerful.

Farther down you mention George HW Bush. There’s no mystery why he failed to keep his “no new taxes” promise. The Democrats who controlled Congress then wouldn’t give him anything important he wanted UNLESS he agreed to a tax increase. In return for that they promised him they would control spending, but of course they broke their promise. I’m not defending HW Bush, I’m saying there’s no secret group or person somewhere who is in charge behind the scenes once a President gets in. What happened is politics, ordinary politics, and Democrats play that game well and Republicans don’t.

As for George W Bush, guess what...he kept many of his promises. Not all of them, but a lot. The record is clear on that. His administration didn’t have very many surprises. Those who claim they voted for him but he went back on his promises don’t know what he stood for when he was elected, apparently.

About the one major thing he changed was after 9-11 we did get into the nation-building business in Iraq. Whereas when he ran he criticized using our military for “nation-building”. Even there, he was talking about places we had no real interest in, like Bosnia. In Iraq we came to have a HUGH interest.

You say Obama seemed so sincere in his promises just like the two Bush Presidents.

But you think someone is now pulling his strings to make him change his mind.

No, it’s politics. We don’t know that he was sincere before, and we don’t know for certain why he’s doing things now nor where we are headed.

But my guess is we’re headed for an administration run by an old guard who will try to usher in a new era of socialism and government controls over every aspect of our lives, with the goal that conservatives never regain power or even have the chance to.


24 posted on 11/29/2008 7:01:50 AM PST by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: bert
Prime Minister Nancy

You got that exactly right.

25 posted on 11/29/2008 7:06:51 AM PST by Starboard
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To: omega4179

“We will undermine the failed and illegitimate administration in washington”

At every step, we must not just protest, but ridicule the Marxist idiocy. No failure should be too small to point out, no broken promise uncriticized. A chorus of “I told you so”.

Obama needs to become the laughingstock of the world. Fortunately, he is dumber than a brick, so I am beginning to think this will be easier than I thought (though certainly not easy).


26 posted on 11/29/2008 7:11:56 AM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Kaslin

Michael Reagan must be piling someone’s chain, wonder whose chain?


27 posted on 11/29/2008 7:18:50 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: txrangerette
And.. remember folks we had 8 years of law suits on Clintoon’s watch..mostly for his personal behavior. We have had little or none of that with Bush. And Bambi is already in the middle of a bunch of suits over his being elgible to be Pres.
28 posted on 11/29/2008 7:26:49 AM PST by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: angkor

“Zer0 knows he can’t keep Bill Clinton under control, so he’s hired Hitlery to do it for him.”


That seems to me to be a very astute comment. Right on target.


29 posted on 11/29/2008 7:36:13 AM PST by txnuke (Its an Obama-nation to us all.)
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To: buffyt

We have said from the outset that it was a triumph of Ci-cago, one in which radicals become like another ethnic group that is part of the machine.


30 posted on 11/29/2008 7:38:35 AM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: Kaslin
it's easier to promise change then it is to change the way...

"Than," Michael.

31 posted on 11/29/2008 7:43:31 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Kaslin
...his incoming administration is looking more and more like the Daley Machine in Chicago than Hugo Chavez's administration down in Venezuela.

And, the difference is? What a choice!

32 posted on 11/29/2008 7:48:01 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (President Bush has let me down! Palin in 2012!)
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To: ballplayer
Many of us know the truth and prepare. Of course you are correct... he will fold like a house of cards... and he knows it... that is why he is rebuilding ‘toon III. He thinks that these people did a good job while 'toon served.

LLS

33 posted on 11/29/2008 7:48:34 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: nbhunt

>>>>Obama nor Bush runs this country there are other forces at work here. Who? I don’t know. <<<<<<

I’m prepared to accept the notion that no one is in charge.


34 posted on 11/29/2008 8:17:54 AM PST by angkor (Conservatism is not a religious movement.)
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To: Kaslin

35 posted on 11/29/2008 10:10:54 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: omega4179
close the open primaries...no blue state primaries [til the end]

Brilliant idea...needs fast implementation.

36 posted on 11/29/2008 11:41:13 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: hellbender
the real hallmark of the Daley machine is not "pragmatic efficiency;" it is corruption and an ironclad grip on power by a single party.

The only thorn in Daley's side, limiting corruption (Trucking union scandal, etc) has been the Feds....that is about to end!

37 posted on 11/29/2008 11:46:53 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: pabianice
Conservative lawyers

Most are running small businesses after finding out that being a conservative lawyer is like being a liberal talk show host. A real Money loser! The real money is in liars cheats and thieves...liberals all. and liberals don't hire conservatives!

38 posted on 11/29/2008 11:52:54 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping!


39 posted on 11/29/2008 8:43:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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